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sister state, has had an organized historical society since 1906. It
is hoped that these organizations will do further research dealing
with the Southwest.
Amarillo Junior College.
The United States and Santo Domingo, 1798-1878. A Chapter in
Caribbean Diplomacy. By Charles Callan Tansill. (Balti-
more: The Johns Hopkins Press. 1938. Pp. vii, 487.
In this excellent volume the author presents impressive evidence
of his mastery of the difficult field of American diplomacy in the
Caribbean area. This much needed study of our intricate relations
with Santo Domingo, through the Grant administration, is marked
by sound scholarship, wide use of source materials, and constant
reference to the pertinent printed books, pamphlets, and articles.
There is no formal classified and annotated bibliography. Com-
plete citations and notes throughout the text compensate, to a con-
siderable extent, for this omission. Use of the records in the Foreign
Offices of France, Germany and Great Britain, in addition to the
documents in the Department of State, the Manuscript Division
of the Library of Congress, and other American archival reposito-
ries, gives the monograph a completeness which is most satisfying
and should obviate the necessity of a new study for some years to
come. An investigation of the Spanish Archives would seem to be
the most promising lead if new light is sought.
The first five chapters, starting with a sketch of eighteenth
century relations, trace the story of United States interest in the
Island from the revolution of St. Dominigue to the advent of Seward
as Secretary of State. It is a narrative replete with intrigue as
the agents and naval forces of France, Britain, Spain and the
United States strove to outmaneuver each other for advantageous
position in the Dominican Republic. Rival desires to establish a
protectorate and to acquire the fine naval harbor of Samana, or
perhaps annex the entire area, furnished the motivation. A policy
of joint mediation by the United States and Great Britain high-
lighted the secretaryship of Clayton and lasted to 1852. The sign-
ing of a treaty of amity, commerce, navigation, and extradition


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