Rafael Trujillo (Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina)

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San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
The longtime dictator of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo got his start in politics as a teenager when he joined the Dominican National Guard. The Guard had been created as an internal police force by the US government, which was occupying the country at the time. Trujillo joined it in 1918 and rose quickly through the ranks as he and the Guard helped US troops crush a Dominican resistance movement. When the US left the country in 1924 it placed Trujillo in charge of the Guard. Read more...


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