Facts and Figures
Local Name República Dominicana. Area
18,816 sq mi. Population 10,219,630. Capital
Santo Domingo. Independence from Haiti Achieved
February 27, 1844.
ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961. Although
Trujillo maintained his hold over the Dominican
government primarily through suppression of opposition,
the majority of Dominican citizens saw their standard of
Leónidas Trujillo Molina, Jr.
Pictures from 1957
News from 1961
General Rafael L. Trujillo Molina
was assassinated by a group of machine
gun-wielding men on a road outside the capital on May 30.