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Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo

Parque Colón

Cristóbal Colón

Christopher Columbus

Ernesto Gilbert
1886

Santo Domingo /  Cristóbal Colón   Santo Domingo /  Cristóbal Colón

Description

Bronze statue of Columbus, pointing northward, and a native Taino climbing up to reach him. According to an other description the native Taino is the Cacica, Anacaona, the first Indian to learn to read and write. Anacaona was captured in an act of trickery whereby her village was burned and all the inhabitants slaughtered by troops under the command of Nicolas de Ovando, then Governor of Santo Domingo. Ovando was under orders by Columbus to wipe out the remaining unsubjugated Tainos who were beginning to rebel against the Spanish. Anacaona was subsequently hung in a public square in Santo Domingo (from St. John Beach Guide)

Inscription(s)

The inscription on the monument reads:
ILUSTRE Y ESCLARECIDO DON CRISTOVAL COLON.

Metal plaque:

monumento escultorico
en honor al gran almirante
Don Cristobal Colon
descubridor del nuevo mundo
primer virrey y gobernador
de AMERICA
realizado por el artista
Ernesto Gilbert
inaugurado el 27 de febrero
de 1887

Annotation

"In this pose the Discoverer points the way to new discoveries and symbolizes the era in which Santo Domingo, the historic name of this island, was the capital of the Spanish Empire. In the background is the ancient Cathedral of Santo Domingo in which the Great Admiral is buried." (quote from the verso of one of the postcards).

This monument on postcards

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This monument on stamps

Scott 1006

Sculptor

Sources & Information

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Location N 18°28'24" W 69°53'2"

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