During the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, the United States considered annexing the Dominican Republic, whose president at the time, Buenaventura Báez, died in Puerto Rico on March 14, 1884. An investigating commission, which included Frederick Douglass, visited the country in 1871, a year after President Grant had mentioned the idea of annexing the Dominican Republic in his State of the Union address. By that time the annexation treaty had already been defeated in the US legislature. 

During the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, the United States considered annexing the Dominican Republic, whose president at the time, Buenaventura Báez, died in Puerto Rico on March 14, 1884. An investigating commission, which included Frederick Douglass, visited the country in 1871, a year after President Grant had mentioned the idea of annexing the Dominican Republic in his State of the Union address. By that time the annexation treaty had already been defeated in the US legislature. 

(Source: historymiamiarchives.org)

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