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The Sea is History: Bibliography: Dominican Republic

An Brief Bibliography of Key Sources on Caribbean Sea Migration, 1960-2009

Bibliographies, Monographs and Films

Tony Capellán (1955-2017), exhibited at Duke Libraries, 2009


Alvarez López, Luis. Dominican Studies: Resources and Research Questions. NYC: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, 1997.  A selected bibliography on Dominican women containing a chapter entitled Yola and Gender: Dominican women's unregulated migration.

Aponte, Sarah. 1999. Dominican Migration to the United States, 1970-1997: An annotated bibliography. Dominican research monographs. New York City: CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. This annotated bibliography evaluate existing research on Dominican migration in general including some works on sea migratation to Puerto Rico.

Salicrup,Alejandro J., OAS Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section, Organization of American States. 2006. Uncharted Migration: OAS rapid assessment report of trafficking in persons from Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico.  The title is misleading as this literature review contains items on human smuggling (paid illegal movement of people) from the DR to Puerto Rico as well as human trafficking (sale of persons).

Books & Journal Articles

Alcalá Padilla, Roberto. 1989. Aventura de un viaje ilegal. Santo Domingo, R.D: Editora Búho.

Baerga Santini, María del Carmen, and Lanny Thompson. Migration in a Small Semiperiphery: The movement of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. IMR: International Migration Review. 24, (Winter 1990): 656-83.  

Duany, Jorge. 1995. El barrio gandul: Economía subterránea y migración indocumentada en Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

---. 2005. Dominican Migration to Puerto Rico: A transnational perspective. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 17, no. 1: 243-268.

__, 2011. “The Dominican Diaspora in Puerto Rico.” In Duany, Jorge. Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration Between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Graziano, Frank. 2013. Undocumented Dominican Migration.  Austin: University of Texas Press.

Hernández-Cruz, Juan E. 1989. "Los inmigrantes indocumentados dominicanos en Puerto Rico: Realidad y mitos." Estudios sobre la sociedad y cultura puertorriqueña. #3, San Germán, PR: Centro de Publicaciones, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Iturrondo Báez, Milagros. 2000. Voces quisqueyanas en Borinquen. San Juan, PR: Ediciones Camila.

Lara, Ana-Mauríne. 2006. Erzulíe's Skirt. Washington, DC: RedBone Press.  Erzulie's Skirt is a novel about three women and the journey from rural villages and sugar cane plantations to the poor neighborhoods of Santo Domingo, continuing by yola across the Mona Passage to P.R.

Martínez Rosario, Raúl. A passage to Puerto Rico: A Dominican odyssey. 2007. .

Méndez, Danny. In Zones of Contact: Dominican narratives of migration and displacements in the United States and Puerto Rico,  in University of Texas Libraries [database online]. Austin, Tex, 2008.

Pascual Morán, Vanessa. Al fondear la yola lloverá café? in Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico [database online]. San Germán, Puerto Rico, 1999. 

Pascual Morán, Vanessa, and Delia Ivette Figueroa. 2000. Islas sin fronteras: Los dominicanos indocumentados y la agricultura en Puerto Rico. San Germán, P.R.: Universidad Interamericana.

Reynolds, Nicholas E. 2003. A Skillful Show of Strength: U.S. Marines in the Caribbean, 1991-1996. Washington, D.C: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

Ricourt, Milagros. 2007. Reaching the Promised Land: Undocumented Dominican migration to Puerto Rico. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19, no. 2 (fall 2007): 224-243.

Selman Fernández, Ana F. La emigración ilegal de los dominicanos hacia Puerto Rico. El Caribe Contemporáneo, (2) (Jan-June 1990): 91-100.


Fritz, Sonia, Rafael Alvarez B. 2002. Visa for a Dream. DVD (28 min.): San Juan, P.R: Isla Films.

Lendeborg, Jorge. 2008. 60 millas al este: un reality film. DVD. Miami: Latin Flavor Films.