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The leader of the independence movement José Núñez de Cáceres, intended the Dominican nation to unite with the country of Gran Colombia, but no longer under Spain's custody the newly independent Dominicans were forcefully annexed by Haiti in February 1822.

Within a few years after 1492 the population of Taínos had declined drastically, due to smallpox, The last record of pure Taínos in the country was from 1864.

Under Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres' governorship, the Indians were made to work in the gold mines, "where they were grossly overworked, mistreated, and underfed," according to Pons.

By 1503, the Spanish Crown legalized the distribution of Indians to work the mines as part of the encomienda system.

Still, Taíno biological heritage survived to an important extent, due to intermixing.

Census records from 1514 reveal that 40% of Spanish men in Santo Domingo were married to Taino women, Christopher Columbus arrived on the island in December 5, 1492, during the first of his four voyages to the Americas.

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