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Old 06-14-2019, 12:15 PM
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This is one of the oldest house of Piantini (built in the 1960´s.) It's in Spanish, but a very good short documentary (I think it lasts 12 minutes.)

The lady wants to save her house, but unless they turn it to a museum of a Dominican home in the 1960's (she has done a wonderful job keeping her house in the 60's and 70's, including her car), once she die the house will probably be sold and a highrise most likely be built there. She says her father was a German immigrant (the mother was Dominican, otherwise she would had mention a foreign land for her) and she moved back to the DR after she studied medicine in Uruguay. There were no traffic lights in Santo Domingo and no streets in Piantini, which at that time was a rural area.

Originally that area was a ranch belonging to an Italian immigrant. The name of the neighborhood is simply his last name. Many of his descendants still live in Santo Domingo while others now live in the eastern US and I think in Puerto Rico too.

You can see her house in Google Street View right across from St Michael School (a block behind the Holiday Inn hotel.) You can see the tiled roof surrounded in greenery.

https://vimeo.com/230093127

Photos are from Google Street View.





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Old 06-26-2019, 05:24 AM
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The statue and monument of Fray Anton de Montesinos has been remodeled in Santo Domingo.

A few stats of the monument:

- It was a gift from Mexico in the 1980’s.

- It’s located in Santo Domingo’s malecon, sandwich between the Caribbean Sea and the Colonial Zone.

- It was one of the first Spaniard (and person) to ask for human rights in the New World. Took place in the early 1500 in this city.

- This was one of the first Europeans to be in the New World.

- The statue is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) dedicated to a Spaniard in the Americas.

- This is also one of the biggest statues of a Catholic priest.

- If one wants to think about it, this is the Statue of Liberty of Latin America.

- Underneath the statue is a small monument to the guy.

Mayor of Santo Domingo Re-inaugurates The Remodeled Monument


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Old 06-26-2019, 05:28 AM
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Santo Domingo’s Malecon was re-inaugurated in March of this year too.






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Old 06-29-2019, 08:34 AM
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This Chinese guy makes the whole trip from Santo Domingo to Santiago in real time (takes about 2 hours) the entire way. This is mostly RD-1 Autopista Juan Pablo Duarte or as its popularity known “La Duarte”. Despite its official name as an autopista, it has always been an autovía because many of its crosses are at grade and many areas it looks like an avenue. You see this in the Santo Domingo metro area, in the Santiago metro area, and a few urbanized areas inbetween. This was the first divided roadway on the island uniting two major cities. It was finished in the mid-90’s, but originally it was divided in the metro area of Santo Domingo and then it was a two lane road (one for going and the other in the opposite direction).

This road mostly follows the trajectory of the old Carretera Real de Santiago that the Spanish built and connected Santo Domingo and Santiago (plus La Vega, Bonao, and the now disappeared Buenaventura towns in between) for centuries. It was the first route built by the Spanish in the New World, entirely done by machete braking the tropical jungle. It was lined with royal palm trees on both sides along the way. In fact, that and that it was mostly of cleared dirt is the only two things that used to mark the main highway on the island (for some 200 years) and then the Spanish side of the island. Autopista Duarte continues to be the most used highway in the DR. With time some things never change.

This was mostly the route that Jean Jacques Dessalines and his troops took back to Haiti in 1805, pillaging and burning every town and country home that he encountered and killing the inhabitants where ever he found them. It was said that even the chickens were not left alive on that event. Then he boasted in Haiti for having made such a depredation in the Spanish part of the island. Many people still remember this episode in their family history, with out a doubt the descendants of the survivors that hide in the forests and stayed on the island (it is estimated that 2/3rds of the population left for Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Venezuela; and it took the Spanish side many years to get back to its previous production and population size).

Eventually the government will built a controlled access road as a parallel to this one. It has one toll both leaving the Santo Domingo metro area. There was another toll both north of La Vega, but the current president decided to eliminate it. Eventually the government will build overpasses where right now there are traffic lights. A cargo and passenger train is projected parallel this route and currently the Chinese are promising to finance the project.

The rural population makes up some 20% to 30% of the national population.


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Old 06-29-2019, 02:43 PM
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Here is another video by the same guy. This time is on RD-3 Autopista de Las Américas. It starts in Santo Domingo and ends at the only major airport in Spanish America that is named after a black man. It’s something to be pointed out. The airport is at the end of the video. There is one toll in this highway, which is where it ends. RD-3 continues eastward with two other highways until the big rotunda at Punta Cana.

RD-3 starts right where the white suspension bridges are at. The driver passes through the oldest of the two bridges, which was also one of the first suspension bridges built in Spanish America. Now that bridge is named in honor of Juan Pablo Duarte, but originally it was the Ramfis Trujillo Bridge. His father, who was the dictator at that time, built the bridge. His father also built the original Las Americas Highway which was divided, made entirely of cement, and with lots of coconut palms on both sides. At that time the airport to Santo Domingo (which was known as Ciudad Trujillo) was General Andrew where the Naco neighborhood exists now. Some things have changed since then.

In 1586 the Spanish saw the armada of Sir Francis Drake from the tip of the Peninsula of Caucedo, where the airport is now. It was too late to save Santo Domingo during that months long pillaging sent by the Queen of England.

Apparently there was an accident in the tunnel heading east, so the driver had to go through the avenida Las Americas in Santo Domingo Este. The rest is on RD-3.

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Old 06-30-2019, 08:42 AM
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This is the best 3D map of Sir Francis Drake invasion of Santo Domingo. You will find it in The Great Expedition: Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585 - 86. The pages are underneath each page. The book also covers other invasions he made in that expedition, such as Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands and in Cartagena in Colombia, among other places. Many more maps and images are available in that book, plus many explanations.

Pg. 33


Pg. 44 - 45. The blue arrows show where the inhabitants fled while the red show Sir Francis Drake’s troops storming the city at the same time. Puerta El Conde (the main entrance to the old city) and Puerta de la Misericordia is still standing at Independence Park, through most of Sir Francis Drake’s troops enter the city.


At the bottom of this article in this website you will find a 1785 map of Santo Domingo.
Official Map of Santo Domingo in 1785
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:08 AM
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He is the reason why Santo Domingo’s records go back to the 1580’s instead of the beginning of that century. He burned all the records in the main plaza next to the Oldest Cathedral of the New World. He also made that church his headquarters after desecrating the inside and kidnapped some of the women in that building. Who knows what he and/or his men did to them.

Before leaving the city among his ransom was all the jewels that belong to the ladies in town and the oldest cathedral original copper bells. He also burn, with a lot of work, one-third of the town and killed one person everyday the Spanish authorities resisted his ransom. He even forced the Spanish authorities to kill one of their own in his presence and even a black boy was killed in the ordeal by having his body pierced with a sword while he was still alive. It is said that Drake got very angry when he entered Diego Columbus castle and saw a drawing on the wall where a man was holding the globe on his back neck and with the two hands. On top was a ribbon that said “The World is Not Enough.” He took that as a message from the King of Spain.

When news hit the Spanish King that of all cities Santo Domingo had fallen and Drake desecrated every single church in the city, he declared the invasion of England with the Spanish Armada. You can read a whole chapter devoted to this invasion and its consequences in Spain: The Center of the World (1519 - 1682). The book is also available in Spanish.

Anyway, England turn him into a national hero and every former English colony speaks of him in good terms. There is even a statue of him in London. The Queen of England gave him a title and made him a Sir.

William Penn in the 1600’s wasn’t as successful in taking over Santo Domingo, but afterwards he attempted with success to take Jamaica from the Spanish. Jamaica has been an English colony until the 1960’s when the country of Jamaica was given its independence by the English government.

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Old 06-30-2019, 12:54 PM
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These photos are in Google Street View.

This is the Oldest Cathedral of the New World in Santo Domingo. It was built between 1526 to 1540. Some of the famous people to either entered this building or prayed there includes:

- Sir Francis Drake made this his headquarters during the month long pillaging of Santo Domingo in 1586. He threatened to destroy the building and the residents of the city finally gave up and paid the ransom.

- General Leclerc, related to and sent by France's Napoleon Bonaparte, entered this building for the first time in 1802.

- Toussaint Loverture, the self-proclaimed first of the blacks, held here a Te Deum in 1801.

There were many others, in fact too many to mention. Many Spaniard conquistadors are buried here (for example, Rodrigo de Bastida is buried here, among other things he founded Santa Marta, Colombia).

On the roof of the building is a canon that was lodged in by Dessaline's troops during its seige in 1805. He never made it into the city, protected by a wall, but the town of San Carlos was almost completely burn to the ground. The only thing that survived was its white church which still stands. It wasn't successful, so he took revenge on the inhabitants everywhere he found them. He took the Cibao route to his home, leaving waste everything he touched along the way.

The Outside (going from the front to the left)


On its facade you can see many things. For example, above the main entrance is the Borbon royal family coat of arm, to the right of the main entrance is the sign of the Spanish Empire and the the left the sign of King Fernidand and Queen Isabella of Spain).







The Inside (only its main nave)







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Old 06-30-2019, 02:13 PM
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By the way, underneath the first photo it should say to the left and then to the right. I think I have those backwards.

To make this post worthwhile, Dominicans can apply to Spanish citizenship by simply living in Spain for two years. As far as I know, Dominicans still get preferential treatment in applying for visas to that European country.

All other foreigners that are not from Spanish America need to live in Spain for at least 10 years straight before applying. They also need to show good dominance in Spanish, which for obvious reasons Spanish Americans are exempt.

Most Dominicans are of mixed blood, even the Taino indian blood is present in the people. A good chunk of the people on the eastern side of that island must be some of the oldest people on that island (or at least it certainly is for their genetic footprint).


Dominicans are Spaniards Mixed with African and Taino

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Old 07-01-2019, 08:46 AM
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Introduction of the African in Santo Domingo. These articles look more as introductions to each topic, then the person is suppose to do their own research. So far, the information coincides with the historic documents.

Introduction of The Africans in Santo Domingo
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