Santo Domingo, the first city established by Spain in the Americas
Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, a country in the Caribbean, sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. It was founded in 1496 by Bartolomé Columbus, after his brother, explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1492. Before the discovery, the native Indian group of Taino were the original settlers in the island they called Quisqueya and sometimes Ayiti.
The first Spanish settlement was called La Nueva Isabela in honor of Queen Isabella I of Spain, but later renamed Santo Domingo in honor of St. Dominic in 1495. Being situated at the mount of the Ozama River, Santo Domingo became the launching point for several of the expeditions to discover other islands in the New World, and the colonization of several countries, such as Mexico by Hernando Cortez, Puerto Rico by Ponce de Leon, Cuba by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar and the first sighting of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The Dominican Republic was under Spanish rule for three centuries, interspersed with some periods when the country came under Haitian and French domination.
With the long period being under Spain, as well as France and Haiti, the culture and traditions in Santo Domingo and the rest of the Dominican Republic is heavily influenced by these three major colonizers, creating a multi-cultural diversity that was shaped and molded into a uniquely Dominican heritage.
Spanish is the official language in Santo Domingo while some people are bilingual and could understand and speak French and English, as well as other European and Asian languages brought about by immigrants that flocked to the city over the years. If you are going to stay in Santo Domingo for a time or have business-related trips to Santo Domingo, it would be a wise choice to have your documents translated into English to Spanish or vice-versa, for you to be able to communicate effective and get your message through your target audience. And partnering with a translation and interpretation service provider that have professionally trained and experienced translators and interpreters ensures that your documents are accurately translated, mirroring your original documents and delivered on time.
The Spanish spoken in Santo Domingo is quite unique as residents combine it with some of their local jargon, called caliche. Therefore, some of the common words you are used to in Spanish might not be appropriate for the situation.
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