It would be great to have Taino people and all colonial buildings.
Let's hope for no major catastrophes in the DR.
It would be great, but most of the colonial buildings are in Santo Domingo for reasons already explained. There were colonial buildings in other places, such as El Salvador, but strong earthquakes destroyed all of them and now not even San Salvador has an equivalent of a Colonial Zone.
The DR is the one that gets hit with major earthquakes more often than Haiti. Dominicans are aware there are major earthquakes that strike the DR for several reasons including ruins from earthquakes throughout much of the country and that the ground shakes constantly throughout the year. The ones that usually are “not in the know” are some expats who are relatively recent arrivals. I remember when the major earthquake struck near Puerto Plata in 2003 and in an earthquake thread here on DR1 someone posted “who knew?” Now that’s a question no Dominican would make! There wasn’t major international coverage of that earthquake, despite some buildings collapsed along the north coast and infrastructural damage was seen in places like Santiago and Moca. There was also some losx of life, but all in all affected buildings, rosds, and people killed was on the minimal side even though it was the strongest earthquake to hit the island at that time. Before that I think the strongest was the one in the 1940’s off the coast of Nagua.
When the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti there were several Dominican engineers that went on TV and commented that Haiti has a very good construction code, so the worry wasn’t the collapsed of homes belonging to rich people because those are usually built according to code. Many even use US building code, which are among the strongest in the world regarding earthquake damage, especially after the 1994 earthquake that hit Los Angeles. But Haiti’s construction code basically mirrors the USA. It is the poor Haitians that tend to ignore the buiding codes and, in fact, none of the houses of the rich collapsed, but many poor folks were killed when their homes fell on them.
I don’t see what the Tainos have anything to do with this topic, but it’s precisely in the DR and PR where Taino DNA exist the most today, judging by DNA results. Elsewhere in the Caribbean not so much, despite Taino peoples inhabited all of them (other peoples such as the Caribs genetically were the same as the Taino’s). A similar patter is seen with Mitochondrial DNA where the highest occurrence is precisely the DR while in PR most of the people have a Taino mitochondrial DNA. When it comes to Haiti Taino DNA and Taino mitochondrial DNA practically doesn’t exist, similar to the rest of the Caribbean.
These are two studies regarding the existence of Taino DNA in today’s Dominicans, but all genetic studies show that. In fact, the common denominator is that Amerindian DNA is the greatest in countries that were part of the Spanish Empire, whether it’s in the Caribbean where the highest are seen in former Spanish Empire territories or in Mexico, Central, and South America. This contrast sharply with what’s seen in parts that use to belong to the British, the French, etc empires. Even on Hispaniola there is a marked difference regarding this between Dominicans and Haitians, the latter not only having mostly African DNA, but also African paternal and maternal lineages and the virtual absense of Taino lineages, unlike Dominicans.
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