The Parsley Massacre

By: Marc Johnson
 A genocide in which approximately
20,000-30,000 Haitians were killed
in the Dominican Republic
 This genocide occurred on the
borderlands of The Dominican
Republic and Haiti
 The Genocide started on October
2nd, 1937 and ended on October 8th,
1937, lasting about five days
 Two Reasons:
 Border issues
 Agricultural issues
Haiti covers only one third of the island whereas The
Dominican Republic covers two thirds
Haiti has a larger population
The Dominican Republic has a large amount of
farming land near the border
Haitians started to migrate over to The Dominican
Republic to start
Haiti could try to claim the
Haitian populated area in
the Dominican as their own
The Haitians were farming land and
therefore stealing profits from Dominicans
 Haitians were also stealing cattle and crop
from the Dominicans
Dominican President Rafael Trujillo
started the genocide.
 Dominican troops, civilians and local
political authorities used guns,
machetes, clubs and knives
 Haitians were separated from the
Dominicans by the way they
pronounced Parsley, hence the
name, “The Parsley Massacre”
Rafael Trujillo tried to blame Dominican citizens for
the killings, but US proved otherwise
 Trujillo developed the land near the border
 New laws restricted the immigration of Haitians
 The Haitian and American
government sought
reparations of $750,000.
Only $525,000 was paid.
 Of the $30 per victim,
only 2 cents were given
to survivors
In 1915, a Haitian revolution occurred in which the
president was killed
 Nearby American naval ships came in to stop the
 The USA did not like the
President that the Haitians
wanted, so the US
picked a President
and forced him to
sign into office
 They stayed for 19 years,
and all but one ship left
in 1937
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