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    Good news from today’s DR1 Travel News, I remember when the monument was built.


    Santo Domingo's newest attraction: Plaza Fray Anton de Montesinos

    Santo Domingo has a brand new touristic site. Plaza Fray Anton de Montesinos has been revamped for visitors and a formal inaugural is set for Tuesday, 25 June. The monument will then open to the general public on Friday, 28 June 2019.

    The monument honors the Catholic missionary who was the first to sermonize Spanish colonizers when he spoke up in favor of the native Taino Indian inhabitants of the island in 1510. His famous speech against the enslavement and harsh treatment of the indigenous peoples of the island is regarded as the first human rights proclamation in the Americas. As part of the contemporary concrete structure, a 15 meters tall bronze statue of Fray Antón de Montesinos depicts the friar preaching in favor of the Indians.

    For decades the plaza and environs had been taken over by truckers waiting in line to enter the Port of Santo Domingo. The statue in its center was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government of President José López Portillo (1976-1982) and was dedicated in 1982 by the presidents of Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

    Upon taking office in 2016, new Mayor David Collado appealed to the Port Authority, Fenatrado truckers, executives of the SanSouci/Santo Domingo Port and the Specialized Corpse of Port Security for support for the city project. Some RD$36 million were invested in restoring the monument.

    As part of the renovations, the plaza has been outfitted with meeting rooms with capacity for 150, 50 and 40, and 25 persons with air conditioning and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Colonial City.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_de_Montesinos




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    i really believe David Collado is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future.

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    I live half a block from the monument and the renovations, along with concrete sidewalk on the malecón and trimming of trees, have made a significant improvement on the visual impact of the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    i really believe David Collado is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future.
    We absolutely agree.




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    Article I wrote on him:
    Fray Antón Montesino, some say his name was Montecinos and some call him Antonio Montesino, was born in Spain in around 1475. He was a Spanish Dominican friar who came to the island known as Hispaniola which is now divided into the Dominican Republic and Haiti in September 1510 as a missionary in one of the first group of missionaries to visit the island from Spain.

    On December 21, 1511, Montesino gave an impassioned sermon criticizing the practices of the Spanish colonial system, and decrying the abuse of the native Taíno Indian people on the island.

    The native Indians were treated very badly by the Spaniards and many worked to death in gold mines. Others committed suicide due to the appalling treatment, and most of the children died. In 1508 when a census of Indians was taken there were only 60,000 left of the original 400,000 that were counted when Columbus came onto the island only sixteen years before.

    Having listed the injustices carried out by the Spanish to the Taino Indians, Montesino proclaimed that the Spanish on the island "are all in mortal sin and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny they practice among these innocent peoples.”

    The sermon outraged the Spanish conquereors, including Admiral Diego Columbus who was the son of Christopher Columbus and there was an order from King Ferdinand II that Montesino and other Dominicans who supported him should be shipped back to Spain. However, after returning to Spain, Montesinos and his companions were able to persuade the king of the righteousness of their position.

    As a result, the king convened a commission which promulgated the Laws of Burgos, which was the first code of ordinances to protect the indigenous people, regulate their treatment and conversion, and limit the demands of the Spanish colonizers upon them

    In June 1526, he went to the United States and then returned briefly to Santo Domingo before going to Venezuela where he died around 1545. Fray Anton is known as the first person to call for freedom and equality for the people of America.

    There is a large statue of Fray Anton Montesino delivering his sermon on the Malecon, just on the left of the D’Luis restaurant, so if you are eating there just go outside and look up and you’ll see it.

    The stone and bronze statue faces the sea and is 15 meters tall and was designed by Mexican sculptor Antonio Castellanos. It was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government and dedicated in 1982 by the presidents of Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    .....There is a large statue of Fray Anton Montesino delivering his sermon on the Malecon, just on the left of the D’Luis restaurant, so if you are eating there just go outside and look up and you’ll see it......
    Thanks Matilda, when I first saw the statue about 12 years ago I thought because the statue was near the water the person was yelling out to arriving ships. LOL









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    Many people don’t realize this, but that is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) statue of any Spaniard in the Americas. To add to the effect, he was one of the first Europeans in the Americas. It was a gift from Mexico.

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    Fray Anton de Montezino is the MLK of the native Americans but very few people heard from him.

    First civil rights movement in Las Americas.

    known for his "Grito de Adviento" that the reason of the hand by his face.

    Screaming for justice against the hard work enforced by the Spaniard to the natives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dlight View Post
    I live half a block from the monument and the renovations, along with concrete sidewalk on the malecón and trimming of trees, have made a significant improvement on the visual impact of the area.
    Did they just trim the trees? A friend who lives in Ciudad Nueva complained that they'd been cut down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chirimoya View Post
    Did they just trim the trees? A friend who lives in Ciudad Nueva complained that they'd been cut down.
    The trees were trimmed, some heavily. Some trees at the beach level were dug up and transplanted within the monument grounds. Quite a traffic jam last night prior to and during the private inauguration.

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