Due to social, political, and economic instability in the country, and rising tension with Haiti, the United States began a military occupation of the Dominican Republic from 1916 to 1924. During this occupation, the effects were mainly positive and order was restored throughout the Republic. The budget became rebalanced, the debt soon decreased to none, and economic growth rose widely. Some strongly opposed the occupation and the United States spent a number of years at battle with guerilla forces during their time there. After proposing The Harding Plan, and a new presidential election on the island, the Dominican Republic resumed control of their own land once again.
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