La Isabela, It became the first city of the New World, by chance.
Admiral Colon's second trip to the New World wasn't as he expected it to be. During a year he left forty men in Christmas Fort to establish economic and personal relationships with natives but instead of it, he found a destroyed settlement in his return. There was no option besides starting from scratch but setting the new city up in the same place was not convenient due to a new Taino attack, so he calmly explored the coast.
Led by the beauty of the area he discovered on his first trip to Puerto Plata, he thought in that place as an option. However, strong storms after passing through Port of Montecristi pushed him to refuge themselves in a protected from the weather small natural bend which was open to the northwest to a full of vegetation plain and the south with gold mines that made him wish to own them.
Although Columbus knew they wouldn't stay for so long because he maintained the focus on finding evidence that he was in Asia, it was a relief for the crew that had been at sea for more than three months.
Once distributed the lands and finished the urban design, they built a temple, a hospital, a store of provisions, and a house for the Italian navigator, all of them made of stone. The rest of the buildings, about two hundred houses, were built with wood. Columbus officially founded the Villa de La Isabela named in honor of Queen Elizabeth, on January 6, 1494, in a Mass held by Priest Bernardo Buil. Antonio de Torres, who was loyal to the admiral, was designated as mayor of the city in the celebration.
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