Sambumbia: A Discovery of the Dominican Republic, the Modern Hispanola

Sambumbia: A Discovery of the Dominican Republic, the Modern Hispanola

Sambumbia: A Discovery of the Dominican Republic, the Modern Hispanola

Sambumbia: A Discovery of the Dominican Republic, the Modern Hispanola

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Santo Domingo, the island on which Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World, the land he believed to be the fabulous Indies, is as inflaming to the imagination today as it was more than four hundred years ago when the Spanish captains sighted the harbor of La Isabela. From Samana Bay where President Roosevelt liked to fish, to Monte Cristi and the new model towns on the Haitian frontier; from the salt lakes and the coral deserts to the rich plain of La Vega where even the fence posts sprout; from La Isabela on the Atlantic, the lonely beach where Columbus built his first city, to gleaming modern Ciudad Trujillo, once Santo Domingo, the splendid capital of the new world, it is a panorama of fascinating and dramatic contrasts. Jeeps, Ford trucks and spotless new sedans jostle donkey trains; splendid, white, modern buildings, hospitals, schools and palaces of justice are within a few minutes ride of palm thatched huts; Esso stations that might have been designed for New Jersey overlook rice fields plowed by oxen.

Everywhere the new, the very modern, rubs shoulders with history. Near one end of the Avenida George Washington, the palm shaded drive that skirts the Caribbean in Ciudad Trujillo, Hotel Jaragua rises in tier after tier of deep balconies that have the mass effect of the new . . .

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