Christopher Columbus Statue In Santo Domingo

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Of all the cities I’ve visited in the Americas–whether it be Cuzco, St. Augustine, or Santa Fe–none of them are older than the sprawling city that is the capital of the Dominican Republic. The modern day city of Santo Domingo dates back over 500 years, and is officially known as the first modern town to be established in the Western Hemisphere.

This historic capital on the island of Hispaniola was the first place that Christopher Columbus settled when he “found” the New World, and what began in Santo Domingo with a small troupe of sailors would expand to become an empire.

Visitors today can stroll the Old Town past the cobbled and coral block buildings, and it’s humbling to know as you stroll about town that you’re walking in the footsteps of Columbus.

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