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Old 07-14-2019, 05:25 PM
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Zoológico Nacional Arq. Manuel Valverde Podestá

This is one of the largest zoo in Latin America and the largest in the Caribbean. It has a train that goes through the grounds, which are extensive and heavily wooded. There are some places that sells foods and drinks. Many of the animals have a recreation of their natural habitat. The zoo is bordered on one side by the Isabela River. The zoo can get very crowded at times that makes parking difficult, but most of the times parking shouldn't be a problem. Sometimes there might be a school doing a field trip in the place.

Photos from Google Street View.














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Old 07-14-2019, 08:01 PM
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Blue Mall Santo Domingo

Blue Mall Santo Domingo is one of two luxury malls in the Caribbean. It is a city mall, meaning it's more vertically than horizontally. It has many stores and restaurants such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo, among others. The Hard Rock Café used to be in the Ciudad Colonial, but they moved to Blue Mall and left only a store in front of the Oldest Cathedral of the New World. It also have Dominican brands such as Kah Kow which sells all types of chocolate and pastries. Last year the Spanish luxury chain Massimo Dutti store broke a record when it became the most store with sales in America and surpassed globally by the store in Dubai. Near the Hard Rock Café is a see through balcony, similar to the one that exists in Chicago where a person can look down because the floor is itself a glass. Attached to the mall is JW Marriott Hotel, one of the most luxurious in the Caribbean. The rest of the floors in the high rise building are offices. For many years this was the most luxurious mall in the Caribbean. They even charge for parking when most malls in Santo Domingo don't do that.

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Old 07-15-2019, 08:08 AM
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House of Hernán Cortés - Conqueror of México

Today this is the Embassy of France in the Dominican Republic, but the building is the House of Hernán Cortés. After arriving from Spain to La Española, the first city he lived in this hemisphere was Santo Domingo and he also spent a few years in Azua de Compostela, another Dominican town. Then he spent a few years in eastern Cuba. He is known for conquering México, the creator of México City and modern Mexicans. As is the case with all historic buildings in the DR, there is a plaque on its facade that explains who lived there and the importance of the building. Above its main entrance is a coat of arms and the flags of France and the European Union.

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Old 07-15-2019, 08:21 AM
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Plaza Juan Barón

Juan Barón was a Spaniard that lived nearby and defended the city in the invasion of Toussaint Loverture in 1801. Toussaint was going to kill the entire population of the capital, but on the night he divided the population by sex and was ready to initiate the killing a lightning storm hit the city. His sister had been praying for his brother to change his mind, so the storm was accepted by Toussaint as an intervention from God. He told the women they can leave for their houses while the men later ran for cover, but Toussaint never told them anything. A few months later Toussaint became aware that his brother Paul Loverture had given the city to the French army sent by Napoleon Bonaparte, a regiment of Dominican soldiers that he force to go to the west he ordered killed in retaliation. Though the writer of the letter doesn't know the reasons, he does write about that event that he witnessed and in re-published in the book "Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of The Haitian Insurrection" by Jeremy Popkin, on page 296, second paragraph devoted to Camp of Plasac. Until then, this event was only known in the DR and even Dominican historians until very recently didn't know there was an eyewitness account.

Juan Barón distinguish himself in battle along with Francisco Gascue, who owned much of the land there and was devoted to cattle ranching. Juan Barón lost his life during that event. The plaza gets filled with people, especially in the evenings. Some guys fish by the Caribbean Sea. Sometimes events are held here too. The area was built jutting into the sea, with much of the ground being artificial (meaning it wasn't part of the coastline until it was created in the 20th Century).

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Eyewitness account of what Toussaint Loverture ordered once Santo Domingo was given to the French army by Paul Loverture, Toussaint's brother.


"Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of The Haitian Insurrection" by Jeremy Popkin, on page 296, second paragraph devoted to Camp of Plasac.

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Old 07-15-2019, 09:18 AM
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This was a letter published in a US newspaper in 1801. In this case the letter was written by Joaquín García, the Governor of the Spanish Side of Santo Domingo. He was giving thanks for the US producing such a man that saved many Dominican women and children that were heading for Puerto Rico forever. It must be remembered that 2/3rd of Dominicans left the island at the end of the 18th Century and especially the beginning of the 19th Century. Most went to Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Venezuela. In Puerto Príncipe, Cuba (today's Camagüey) the Real Audiencia de Santo Domingo was settled for a few years before it return back to Santo Domingo. In Puerto Rico there are some people that speak bad of Hispaniola and it's a habit that has existed for centuries. Some want nothing to do with the island of Santo Domingo. In Puerto Rico you still find references to the Spanish part of Santo Domingo, such as the very old Higüey neighborhood in Aguadilla. Higüey is the most eastern city of the Dominican Republic.







https://thedominicans.org/2019/06/24... Adams in 1801
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:12 PM
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Museo de las Atarazanas Reales

One of the nicest museums anywhere. It was recently completely redone and incorporated new technology that visitors can touch. Atarazanas reales means royal shipyards, which are the first created in the New World. The theme is mostly archeological naval and subaquatic findings from Spanish galleons that sunk in Dominican waters during colonial times, including the silver and gold that was headed from Mexico to Spain and made the last stop in Santo Domingo. It also narrates the history of the naval industry in the New World, from the 1509s to the 1900s. The building itself is very historic, dating from the 1500s.

This reminds me that a few years ago a group of people on a Dominican beach on the north coast discovered deep in the sand buckets of realistic Spanish coins. They had engraved the King and Queen of Spain coat of arms. The coins were worth many millions of dollars. The DR has a law that the government stays with 50% of any treasures found on its land and waters. Over 300 ships were sunk in Dominican waters by pirates and storms. Most of the ships were loaded with treasure heading for Spain. A very small amount of the Spanish ships has been discovered by independent divers and hunters. Most are still waiting for their discovery.


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Old 07-15-2019, 05:32 PM
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Parque Eugenio María de Hostos

The Eugenio María de Hostos Park originally was named Ramfis Trujillo Park, the son of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. After the dictator's death, the park was renamed Eugenio María de Hostos. He was a Puerto Rican that travelled through out Latin America. His family originally settled (a few generations before him) near Monte Cristi, but moved to Puerto Rico due to the effects of the Haitian invasions. He lived many years in the Dominican Republic and had a tremendous effect on the public education of the time. He claimed that his body should be buried in Santo Domingo as long that Puerto Rico continues to be a colony. His body is still in the DR and will be for a long time. The park itself at the time of its inauguration was one of the most modern in Latin America. The most identifying factor of the park is the pool that it has on the middle-northern of it. American diplomats swam in the pool with Trujillo sitting on its edge and the tall obelisk in the background. The park also has two Date Palms that frame the pool. Except for the Sabal Dominguesis (Palmetto of Santo Domingo), all trees are originals. Today the park basically looks the same. A few years ago it was remodeled, but they changed the cement ground and spruced up the public place, added a playground, new cement benches, and new light fixtures. Originally there was nothing across the street, but right now across is Plaza Juan Barón.

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Old 07-16-2019, 07:27 AM
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There are many things about Puerto Rico and Cuba that is due to the emigration of Dominicans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many left the island from the port in Santo Domingo and others from the port in Puerto Plata. Isabel de Torres Mountain in Puerto Plata and the coasts of the island was the last thing they saw of the Island of Santo Domingo (or Hispaniola / La Española) on their way to Cuba, Puerto Rico, or Venezuela. For example, many of families that became very important in La Habana, Cuba such as Del Monte and Escoto families among others left in a hurry from the DR. The first playwright author of America was born in Santiago de Cuba from Dominican parents. The first piano ever to exist in Puerto Rico was taken by a family from the DR. This happened much later, but the mother of Antonio Maceo, a liberator of Cuba, was Dominican. Máximo Gómez, he has a giant white statue/monument on La Habana’s malecon just outside of the colonial La Habana Vieja, was Dominican. He was the first person in history to use the guerilla tactic on an organized and professional force. Many of the soldiers that fought for Cuban independence were born and brought up in the DR. The brothers Foxá, which are famous in Puerto Rico’s history, were born to Dominican parents. So on and so forth.



Puerto de Don Diego Colón

The port is just outside of the city’s walls on the Ozama River. It was built during the first half of the 20th Century. Designed by a Puerto Rican architect who also designed many important buildings in Santo Domingo, Santiago, and other areas of the DR, most are still standing. It’s named after Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, because he disembark for the first time on this spot and his father used to tight his caravel further up the river, not too far from there. For many centuries this area was the disembarking zone for many people that moved from the Old World to the New World. Today the terminal has several solar panels on its roof. Ironically, this is also the spot where America Cruises comes to port in Santo Domingo giving ferry services from San Juan and Mayagüez in Puerto Rico. The ferry is behind the terminal in the photo. Several sailboats from various Latin American countries plus Spain all at once visit this port and spend a few days in Santo Domingo. Military officers and marine soldiers from various countries inhabit the sailboats, which also has their country’s giant flag waving from behind each boat.

The photos is from Google Street View.


I don’t think that most Puerto Ricans that use this port know that it was designed by one of their own.


The military sailboats from several Latin American countries plus Spain are on port paying respect to Santo Domingo.


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Novo Centro

This complex was actually built in Mexico City, then bought and brought piece by piece to Santo Domingo. It has an office building and at the bottom is a shopping center with several shops. Caribbean Cinemas also has a Fine Arts Cinema Cafe where they show independent film productions and a higher up experience. They only have two of these type of theaters, the other one is in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It used to have Date Palms between the large columns in front, but a few years ago the trees were moved to a parking lot that is besides the complex.

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Lincoln Mil 5

This is relatively new and it has an interesting design. It's an office building designed by a Dominican architect.

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