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 punta iglesia treasure

The punta iglesia treasure

Southwest of Barahona, the province known as La Perla del Sur, is Punta Inglesa beach which runs through the city along the entire Caribbean coast.

Its name’s origin is a mystery, although “Punta” is a synonymterm used as cape, it is a smaller version of this extension of land jutting out into the sea. Punta Inglesa could be considered a protuberance of rocks and sand with coconut trees, smaller than a cape. Many tales and legends about this context have created a quasi-magical image of the place. Particularly, those stories of buried treasures in its white sand by legendary pirates like Ramirez de Arellano or the Puerto Rican Roberto Cofresi, who used to sail in a schooner that he named Ana. Also, those stories of the obligatory stops of filibusters or English corsairs like Francis Drake, who occupied Santo Domingo and other Spain colonies, and who even attacked Puerto Rico. They were the horror of the defenseless navigators of the sixteenth century and figures that, according to research, played an important role in the Caribbean politics and economy. At that time, the presence of illegal foreign merchants, slave traders and pirates in the coasts of the ExSpanish colony, led to the historical process of 1606 known as the Osorio de nombre de las devastaciones de Osorio. Referente a el desalojo de habitantes y la destrucción de villas en la parte Norte, pero que también llegó a afectar amplias zonas del Sur como Azua, y algunos poblados del Valle de Neiba, sirvieron de refugio masivo de la población, puesto que extensas zonas costeras estaban poco habitadas y la marina española era incapaz de custodiarlas. La decisión de Osorio afectó toda la estructura de la colonia. Como consecuencia de la miseria reinante, el contrabando desempeñaba una función de supervivencia y constituía la base económica social.

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TEXT: Elena Crespo; IMAGES: Archivos

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