Back on Monday, August 3, I mentioned that the USS Mercedita was sent to the Dominican Republic to protect American lives and property during some turmoil taking place there. This was a sure sign that the Civil War was over and the U.S. Navy was back to its pre-war mission.
The Dominican Republic was a former Spanish colony from 1492 (Christopher Columbus) to 1795. the french encroached on it from 1795 to 1809 and it became independent from 1844 to 1861 when it became a Spanish colony again. from 1861-1865. This would go against the Monroe Doctrine, but the United States was very much involved in other things at the time.
A revolution took place and the Spanish withdrew.
This was the reason the USS Mercedita was sent to its waters.