The non-fictional tyranny that the Mirabal Sisters were fighting against was headed by one man, Rafael Trujillo. Trujillo's background is unclear because after coming into power, Trujillo had his own history rewritten by official historians. In 1930, Trujillo helped plan a revolt that replaced President Vasquez. He then used the army to seize leadership and presented himself as a candidate for presidency. Trujillo had leaders of opposing parties assasinated. Trujillo was elected on May 16, 1930 because all opposition candidates withdrew.
Rafael Trujillo (1891-1961)
A month after his election, a hurricane devestated the capital. The National Congress suspended the constitution and granded Trujillo absolute power to deal with the crisis. Material progress and order in the Dominican Republic increased during the regime. Freedom, however, declined. With his absolute power, people were made to adore him. The capital city's name was changed to Ciudad Trujillo, and other streets and parks throughout the countyr were named after him and his family. The tallest mountain became Trujillo Peak and all statues, busts, and monuments erected to Trujillo were declared national monuments. Buisness and government officials placed the slogan "Dios y Trujillo" (God and Trujillo) above the entrances to their offices.
The Mirabal sisters were important role models for citizens of the Dominican Republic, and are remembered and cherished to this day for their heroic actions and beliefs. They have greatly influenced the lives of many people looking for inspiration to reach for their goals. There have been numerous tributes and memorials dedicated to these courageous sisters so that their spirits will live on. Three of the real Mirabal sisters were killed on November 25, 1960.
Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patritia Mirabal
Protests began to grow against Trujillo's tyranny. The Organization of American States charged Trujillo with "flagrant and widespread violation of human rights" in 1960. The CIA provided military equipment to Dominican dissidents to support them on attempts to overthrow Trujillo. On May 30, 1961, Trujillo was assassinated near San Cristobal.