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  • History

  • February 27 National Holiday of the Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

    In 1821, La Española reached its independence from the Spanish Crown in a peaceful way, with amicable transactions. This period is known in history as the Ephemeral Independence, since soon after, the Haitian army, lead by Jean-Pierre Boyer, invaded the Dominican territory, occupying the country for 22 years.

  • Embassy of Spain

    Embassy of Spain

    The ‘bonds’ joining Spain with the Dominican Republic. The history of the Dominican Republic talks about an island that became the first city of the New World.

  • University of Santo Domingo, Cradle of knowledge

    University of Santo Domingo

    The University of Santo Domingo was founded on October 28, 1538 by papal bull In Apostolatus Culmine, issued by Pope Paul III, turning it into the first institution of higher education in America.

  • Columbus Lighthouse: a tribute to Admiral

    Columbus Lighthouse

    Columbus lighthouse was inaugurated and consecrated by Pope John Paul II during the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the “Discovery of America”

  • Undressed letters

    Post Cards

    A photo reveals time and introduces us to the characters of an era that was painted black and white. The absence of rainbow colors at the beginning of this guardian wonder of memories let us to imagination when dressing them with other tones.

  • Cities 'Santiago', the origin of its name

    Cities Santiago

    On December 5, 1492 Christopher Columbus founded on the island La Española (what is today Haiti and Dominica Republic) the first European colony in the New World. In this way, the Spanish colonization of America begins, the domination would continue until the nineteenth century when the Spanish American independence occurs.

  • 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.

  • The Diego Columbus Alcazar. First Viceregal Palace of the New World

    Diego Columbus Alcazar

    Santo Domingo was the first city conquered by Christopher Columbus when he arrived to the New World and from where he carried out various expeditions.

  • Francisco Alberto Caamaño Leader of Dominican people´s self determination

    Francisco Alberto Caamaño

    On April 24, 1965, the Dominican Republic awakens plagued by shots. On the one hand, civilian population and the military that supported Juan Bosch, who had been constitutionally elected as president.

  • Underground tunnels, discover ancient trasures of the colonial era

    Underground tunnels

    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.

  • The story of Father Canales

    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.

  • Manuela Díez, the mother of Duarte’s role

    Manuela Díaz

    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.

  • The day Trujillo was killed

    General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo

    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.

  • The First Railroads in Dominican Republic

    Ferrocarril República Dominicana

    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.

  • 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.

  • Monsignor Nouel, the nobleman who became Archbishop of Santo Domingo

    Monsignor Nouel, the nobleman who became Archbishop of Santo Domingo

    He said that piety, instruction and caution should be values ​​that govern the lives of everyone. Thus, Monsignor Nouel said in many of his letters, with his firm eyes to the crucifix, according to the National Archives of the Nation, that his greatest reward was the welfare of souls.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.