They engaged in farming and fishing  and hunting and gathering. During this period, Spanish privateers from Santo Domingo sailed into enemy ports looking for ships to plunder, thus harming commerce with Britain and New York. The Haitians associated the Roman Catholic Church with the French slave-masters who had exploited them before independence and confiscated all church property, deported all foreign clergy, and severed the ties of the remaining clergy to the Vatican. In order to domesticate the buccaneers , the French supplied them with women who had been taken from prisons, accused of prostitution and thieving. Rebellions occurred even by Dominican freedmen, while Dominicans and Haitians worked together to oust Boyer from power. The occupying government also revived the Dominican economy, reduced the nation's debt, built a road network that at last interconnected all regions of the country, and created a professional National Guard to replace the warring partisan units. Dominican War of Independence Juan Pablo Duarte , founding father of the Dominican Republic, leader of the Trinitarios and propeller of the war for Dominican independence. Although the Spanish military effort went well on Hispaniola, it did not so in Europe see War of the Pyrenees. Bob Menendez on August 1, , focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. In , a smallpox epidemic killed an additional 8,, of the remaining 11, Indians, in one month. Of this number approximately 38, were white landowners, 38, were free mixed people of color, and some 15, were slaves.