Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic with approximately 2.5 million inhabitants, which concentrates politics, economy and culture.
Santo Domingo is the city first city in the New World and where we can say that the modern history of America began. See the first cathedral, the first hospital, walking the first streets that were built located in the colonial zone and imagine how things were 500 years ago, it is an opportunity that should not stop spending.
Forget the historical weight without having Santo Domingo, it is without doubt, a destination for fun lovers. The city hosts the largest celebration of Carnivals in the country, merengue festivals, nightclubs, great shopping cart. No other city in the Caribbean has a greater variety of restaurants and nightlife Santo Domingo (or “capital” as Dominicans often call). There are so many restaurants in this city that is virtually impossible even for those who live here to have visited them all. It is a city that never sleeps.
Nearby places to Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo is located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, it is in the middle between the western border with Haiti and the coastline east. The north coast and the east coast are located approximately four hours by road.Eastward the first major city you can find is Boca Chica. To the west you can visit the beach areas of Palenque and Nizao also Pomier caves (the largest in the Caribbean), recently rehabilitated and served the indigenous inhabitants of the Spanish as a refuge. To the north, you can visit the cities of Bonao and Jarabacoa passing through the highest mountains in the Caribbean.
History Santo Domingo
The current capital of Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, one could say that is almost casual. In fact it was the third attempt to “capital city”.
When Christopher Columbus came to the island, I think the first colony in the current Haiti, called Villa Christmas, which was reduced to ashes and all its inhabitants died during the first year of life of the colony. The second colony was located west of what is now Puerto Plata, named La Isabela, founded on January 6, 1494. This colony had a lifetime of five years and had to be abandoned because of diseases and disasters the they ravaged from the beginning. Finally the brother of Christopher Columbus, Bartholomew, founded the third colony, La Nueva Isabela, on the east bank of the river Ozama, Isabela by fleeing a rebellion caused by the discontent of its inhabitants. Over time La Nueva Isabela moved to the western bank of the river Ozama and is now the capital of Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo.
Origin of name Santo Domingo
The city of Santo Domingo, is named after the city was founded when it celebrated the day of Santo Domingo. I is reflected by the chronicles of Oviedo and Fray Bartolome dos Chroniclers of the Indies. But the real name of the capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo de Guzman, a name that was assigned in 1966 with the creation of the Constitution of the Dominican Republic. However other historians indicate that since its inception has always been the name of Santo Domingo de Guzman.