Yep, after they drove the French out, they went across the entire island and ultimately occupied the Dominican half for years, but went too far, forcing the use of French instead of Spanish, etc. It built up some resentment and then the Dominicans had an openly racist mixed-race president (Trujillo) who massacred thousands of Haitians in the mountains and practiced a policy of whites-only immigration (similar to Australia) during the 20th century. And to top it all off, both were significantly manipulated by the US and invaded a couple of times. It's a mess. Yeah, I've done mostly lobbying and legislative analysis, but have done several local, state and federal campaigns. But most of the time you help get them elected and then have to swallow it when they do something effed up and it sort of just sticks in your craw. During my time in the Daley administration I had a lot of that.