Trip to Dominican Republic (January 2006)
History of Santo Domingo
The east gate outside the Catedral de Santo Domingo (a.k.a. Catedral Basilica Menor de Santa Maria).
The front of the Catedral de Santo Domingo, looking through the Parque Colón (Columbus Park; the main square in Zona Colonial). This park is a meeting place for locals, plus a good place to find an official guide to take you on a walking tour of the area. Christopher Columbus 'discovered' America in 1492, including San Salvador, Cuba, and Hispaniola (the island containing the Dominican Republic).
Lucinda next to a statue of Cristoval Colón (Christopher Columbus; not shown) in the main square. The woman on the statue is a Taino indian maiden who, according to legend, was the first native woman to learn Spanish. She apparently was in love with Cristoval Colón, but was later executed because the Spanish were afraid she would betray them.
A plaque outside Hospital San Nicolas. The hospital was built in 1503, and survived earthquakes, hurricanes, Drake's invasion, and was virtually intact until 1911 when it was devastated by a hurricane.
Craig in the arch (seen in the center of the previous picture) of Hospital San Nicolas.