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Mayda Grano de Oro

Beginning in 1906, the United States administrated and controlled the Dominican Republic's customs department and undertook the adjustment of the Dominican government's foreign debt. Increasing debts, internal disorder, and international pressures prompted President Woodrow Wilson of the United States to order the deployment and intervention of the U.S. Navy in the Dominican Republic. The troops arrived on November 29, 1916, and remained in control of the country until 1924.

The U.S. Marines invaded the Dominican Republic, easily occupying the town of San Pedro de Macorís to the passive acceptance of its inhabitants. However, Gregorio Urbano decided to confront the marines on his own with only the support of his .32-caliber revolver. In self-defense, he killed U.S. Marine Corps Colonel C. H. Button and then fled to join the nationalist guerrillas and their anti imperialist struggle After being tracked down and captured by the Dominican Army ...