Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
This is the capital of the Dominican Republic and the oldest permanent city established by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. It is situated on the southeast coast of the island of Hispaniola, at the mouth of the Ozama River. Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, as the capital of the first Spanish colony in the New World (discovered in 1492).
25 Nov 2001 - Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicEn route to Santo Domingo we were taken to some spectacular caves in which the Taino natives had lived. The national language in the Dominican Republic is Spanish but even so you would expect a tour guide to speak English. Not our tour guide though. He continually repeated himself especially the phrase, 'Stalagmites, stalactites - stalactites go down, stalagmites go up.' At the end of the tour he led us out of the caves and then stood at the top smiling shaking hands and waiting for a tip. For that load of rubbish he got nothing out of me.
Next on the tour was the aquarium at Santo Domingo then onto the main square in the town for a dose of souvenir shopping - souvenirs being a couple of litres of 70% rum.
Santo Domingo - Christopher Columbus' house
Christopher Columbus reached the island on his first voyage, on December 5, 1492, naming it La Espaņola. Columbus never discovered North America, only the Carribean. Scandinavians sailed to North America in the 11th century, and English fisherman probably fished the shores of Canada for decades before Columbus.
Santo Domingo - The French Embassy
Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World.