By Erin Hudson
published at Smashwords
copyright 2011 Erin Hudson
From In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
The Dominican Republic takes up two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola and borders Haiti. The Dominican Republic is between the Caribbean sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. During the year the country has tropical weather with little variation. Though the country is tropical and beautiful, it can be subject to severe hurricanes and storms from June to October. The Dominican Republic has been mostly rural until the 1950's, when they began to have urban expansion and this movement really gained momentum in the 1960's.
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez writes a moving story about four sisters living in the Dominican Republic. The story starts in 1924 and ends in 1960 and is based on true historical events. During this time the Dominican Republic changed many different times.
In 1924, the Dominican Republic elected democratically a Dominican Government after being occupied by the United States since 1916. Soon after in 1930, Rafael L. Trujillo, established absolute control and he hindered domestic human rights. Corruption cause severe economic problems in Dominican Republic. Trujillo had complete control until 1961, one year after three of the Mirabal sisters died.