1850 witnessed the President of the Dominican Republic fight to get his country annexed by the United States. The president, Buenaventura Báez, was a leader of the 1844 rebellion against Haiti which saw the creation of the Dominican Republic. Becoming president of the new country in 1849, Báez immediately began trying to gain the protection of a larger country, calling on France, the United States and Spain to annex the country. In 1868, the United States came extremely close to taking up Báez’s offer, with President Andrew Johnson pushing the move, before the agreement was shut down by Congress. This 1850 quarter eagle recalls a time when a country’s Head of State unsuccessfully sought to be annexed by the United States.