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It was founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, originally named La Nueva Isabela in honor of Isabela I.
Today, Santo Domingo is known for combining Caribbean tropical relaxation with European sophistication, populated with numerous examples of European architecture. It is the location of the oldest cathedral, university, castle, monastery, and fortress in the Americas.
People Born in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo in People's Lives
Henry Morgan: As a young man, around 1655, I participated in a battle here attempting to take the island for the English crown. It was unsuccessful, and the fleet I was a member of sailed instead for Jamaica. I was about twenty years old.
Pedro de Alvarado: I traveled here in 1510, at the age of 25, with my father, a powerful military commander, and my four younger brothers. It was my first campaign as a conquistador.
Zoe Saldana: After my father tragically died in a car crash in New York, when I was nine years old, my mother decied that our family should move to my father's homeland in the Dominican Republic. I lived here from 1987 - 1995, and spent the later half of my childhood here. I loved being a part of Latino culture and pursued interests in dance, Jazz, and acting. I recieved a dance scholarship to a prestigious ballet school in the area, and became enthralled with stage and acting, convincing me to move back to New York at the age of 17 to pursue a career as an actress.