Santo Domingo

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Canto Domingo – the capital, industrial, economic and cultural center of the Dominican Republic, the countrys main port. Santo Domingo is the first permanent settlement founded by Europeans in the New World. The city is located to the south of the island of Haiti, on an even part of the Caribbean Sea coast. It is a humid climate with frequent storms and hurricanes. Within the city limits, the Osama River flows into the sea.

Canto Domingo was founded by Bartholomew Columbus, the brother of the first American inventor, in 1496 as New Isabella, but later changed to St. Dominics. From the beginning of the 16th century, Santo Domingo became the capital of the Spanish possessions in America, the main point of numerous expeditions. After the conquest of the rich empires of the Aethecans and the Incas, the citys importance declined sharply, and Santo Domingo became a mercantile market from which slaves from Africa were shipped to the islands plantations. Since 1844, Santo Domingo – the capital of the independent Dominican Republic. In 1916-24, the city was occupied by U.S. troops. In 1930-61, the country was ruled by President Michael Truguiglio, and during the same period, Santo Domingo was legally called Ciudadad Truguiglio.

The oldest “European” city in America reveals itself in all its great beauty when you look into its historic part. It is no coincidence that the architectural treasure of Santo Domingo is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most prominent are the fortress of Osama (1507) and the tower of Déla (1507), The palaces of Casa delle Almirante (1514) and Casa delle Éngómbé (1535), the castle of Alcázar (1514), the castle of Colombes son DÉgio. The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor (1520), where the remains of St. Christopher Columba remained until 1922, and other 16th-century churches are worthy of attention. In the territory of Santo Domingo there are old administrative buildings, monuments, and remains of fortifications.

But the citys icon is the modern icon – the Columba Bay (1992), built for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. It contains the Museum of the Countries of Latin America and the Memorial Museum of the Remains of Christopher Columbus. The capital of the Dominican Republic has many museums, and the University of Santo Domingo is one of the largest in the West Indies.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 970,000 people
  • GDP: $6,722 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 10 Mbps
  • Best wireless: WIND
  • Tipping: In the Dominican Republic, it is customary to leave a 10% if you enjoyed your services. Some restaurants will add 10% gratuity to your bill, so make sure you look at your check before leaving extra. You will know if it has been added if you see propino incluido or simply servis on the check.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coworking space: Coworking
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Avianca
  • Best intl air carrier: United
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1000
  • Monthly costs for family: $2000
  • Monthly costs for local: $600
  • Meal: $6
  • Small Cola: $1
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3
  • Coffee: $2

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