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- Jan 20, 2003
More than easier to defend, the Haitians never went to the mountains, but neither did the Spanish. The Northern Mountain Range that separates Puerto Plata from the valley is the main reason the Haitians never went there. They did go to al, the towns in the valley to kill the inhabitants, loot the towns and finish off by burning them. Even towns like San Francisco de Macorís, which is not on the route to Haiti from Santo Domingo was attacked and destroyed, since an offshoot of the Haitian army went there precisely to commit that. Everyone in the countryside along the routes taken by the Haitians was also killed and even farm animals like livestock and chickens were killed, producing plants like banana trees were cut. They basically applied a scorch earth policy on their way back to Haiti that spanned from outside Santo Domingo to Dajabón. Most of the population lived in the triangle Santiago - Bonao - San Francisco de Macorís.Jarabacoa largely became in existence by people fleeing the Haitian army. Mainly from La Vega, but also Moca. Jarabacoa was easier to defend.
The population was probably doomned hsd Dessalines been able to gain access into Santo Domingo. The fact that he took revenge on the civilians on his way back appears that it was his intention to first gain access of SD and then subject the entire Dominican population to a massacre. His inability to gain control of the eastern side prevent the extermination of the Dominicans. Otherwise it would had happened and many other things would had never existed, whether is Pichardo or Dolores themselves all the way to DR1, the sons/daughters and the Dominican spouses of many DR1ers that have children with Dominicans; heck, most DR1 expats would probably not even be on Hispaniola right now.