BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
BACANA MAGAZINE hotel occidental punta cana
The witch from Moca... Witch, woman or bird

The witch from Moca... Witch, woman or bird

Oral tradition, which parents tell their children, is like the umbilical cord of the ancestral stories that bring us many legends like the one of the Moca Witch. Anthropologist say that this fantastic syncretism is a European legacy brought by Spaniards, since the Tainos in their religious rites did not have witches. The closest thing that has been found about indigenous witchcraft is the Bohiti or Bohique, that is, something like magicians with telepathic powers who had the gift or ability to communicate with spirits. The Bohiti pursued healing and used natural medicine to achieve their results.

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Discovering San Juan de la Maguana

Discovering San Juan de la Maguana

Surrounded by the most extensive intra-mountainous Dominican Republic valley and flanked by the Cordillera Central and the Sierra de Neiba, it treasures the largest peak of the Antilles, Pico Duarte. An unbeatable location, San Juan de la Maguana province, is known for the many rivers that mark their landscape with colors and sounds. The basins of the tributaries San Juan, Yaque del Sur, Sabaneta, Macasias or Mijo are the hydrographic holders of their agricultural and livestock production.

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The gold ship that ran aground in Hispaniola

The gold ship that ran aground in Hispaniola

From Veracruz’s Port, an amazing destination because its wonderful beaches, the Spanish fleet was returning to the Peninsula. In the convoy, made up of thirty ships, El Concepción shone with its own light, it was a 600-ton galleon that had been built in La Habana in 1620.

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The Legend of Santo Cerro

The Legend of Santo Cerro

Winners and losers write the history books, talking about heroic battles and extreme situations that trigger conquests. It is often difficult to find out the real facts but through the oral tradition it can get as close as possible to the truth, as the case of the first battle between Europeans and Amerindians in the battle of Santo Cerro in March 1495.

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Patronymic surnames, personal identity symbols

Patronymic surnames, personal identity symbols

People are identified by a name and one or two surnames depending on the region. For example, in Argentina until 2008 it was used only father’s surname. To conect our surnames with our ancestors’ is not only an act of faith it’s also an evolutionary sign of our roots. The name connects you to a lineage, and we all need that connection, especially from a certain point of life where you start to think about finitude and therefore the ancestors and progeny we left.

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Ercilia Pepin, the first female teacher

Ercilia Pepin, the first female teacher

In the middle of the Second Republic while concluding the Restoration of the country in 1865 by the American intervention, Ercilia Pepin was born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1886. Her parents, Jose Pepin and Edelmira Estrella were part of the city’s elite so she had a childhood surrounded by intellectuals and politicians. In fact, she was the niece of the legendary and audacious politician and military Perico Pepin.

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Ferrocarril República Dominicana

The First Railroads in Dominican Republic

The restoration period finished with the victory of Dominicans after the Spaniard troops withdrawal. The Spaniard courts ordered the deployment of their troops due to the high costs of maintaining them in war. They came to the conclusion that there was no need to carry on fighting over the Dominican territory. This event set the starting point for the improvement of communication channels in Dominican Republic. Over all of them, the rail was taking its great momentum in the history of the island.

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General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo

The day Trujillo was killed

That Tuesday on May 30th before 10 pm, shots in the distance alerted attendants to a bingo close to what is today the Center for Heroes, something was going on. In a discreet way, as was customary in Trujillo’s time, everyone picked up their things and went home.

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Manuela Díaz

Manuela Díez, the mother of Duarte’s role

Women have always been played a very important role in the history of mankind. The Dominican Republic is not exempt from that prominent and heroic role. We are talking about the mother of the national hero Juan Pablo Duarte, Manuela Díez, whom the historian, Alfau Durán, glorified because she not only gave birth to a man of such moral and political altitude but also had an important position in a female select group that somehow had an active participation in Dominican Independence movement and Republic proclamation in 1844.

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Father Canales

The story of Father Canales

One of the stories that the writer, lawyer and Dominican poet César Nicolás Penson Matos outlined on the paper, was that of the murderer, Juan Rincón.

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Underground tunnels

Underground tunnels, discover ancient trasures of the colonial era

The luminous squares and alleys of the Colonial City in Santo Domingo hide a very little explored and virtually inaccessible underworld, including miles of galleries and defensive mazes strategically used for underground connection of the most emblematic buildings of the first city in the New World as well as those next to the old wall west that surround the area, and for protection from the invasions.

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French Domain on the Island. The History of French Colonies

The Dominican Republic was founded as a colony of Spain, but it was only under its domain until the French arrived in 1605 and left a great stamp on the island. They settled in the northwest part of La Española from where they manage to get the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo.

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