Rafael Trujillo was responsible for many deaths including between 547 and 12,166 in the Parsley massacre.In the countries of the Caribbean basin alone, his dictatorship was concurrent, in whole or in part, with those in Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, and Haiti.With Vasquez in exile and the power of government up for grabs, Trujillo eliminated his political rivals through intimidation or force and won the next presidential election unchallenged, ushering in the “Era of Trujillo.” Within months of taking over the presidency, the capital city of Santo Domingo was virtually destroyed and 2,000 people were killed by a hurricane that ripped through the Dominican Republic in early September.
In retrospect, the Trujillo dictatorship has been characterized as more exposed, Trujillo's rule brought the country a great deal of stability and prosperity throughout his 31-year reign.
The price, however, was high—civil liberties were non-existent and human rights violations were routine.
Dictator Rafael Trujillo was born on October 24, 1891 in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.
He became president of the Dominican Republic in 1930 through political maneuvering and torture.
is born in San Isidro, Dominican Republic, the illegitimate child of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo y Molina and his mistress Maria Martinez Alba.
Trujillo’s a former telegraph operator and cattle rustler and will seize power in the Dominican Republic in 1930; she’s the daughter of a baker and is married to Rafael Dominicis, a Cuban.
While successful in reducing foreign debt and fostering greater economic prosperity for the Dominican people, Trujillo and his heinous human rights abuses—including the murder of thousands of civilians—managed to escape rebuke from the international community for decades.
Marines in 1918 and elevated to commander in chief of the National Army by 1927, General Rafael Trujillo (1891-1961) assumed control of the Dominican Republic in 1930.
Due to the longevity of Trujillo's rule, a detached evaluation of his legacy is difficult.
Supporters of Trujillo claim that he reorganized both the state and the economy, and left vast infrastructure to the country.
Later, one of the Sweethearts, actress Barbara Nichols, will remember that he sent her flowers and presents.