The biggest and oldest tree?

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Dozens of students in Santiago honored a Kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra), as part of the celebrations surrounding Arbor Day on 29 April 2022. The huge and little-known wonder is located between the towns of Licey al Medio and Tamboril in the province of Santiago and can easily be seen from the road that connects these two towns.

Well-known ecologist Eleuterio Martinez, a member of the Dominican Academy of Science, addressed the young people with the tree in the background, telling them that the Ceiba was probably more than 1,000 years old.

He highlighted the tree is a living reminder of what the Cibao Valle looked like over a millennium in the past. This tree is over 175 feet tall and measures nearly 100 feet in circumference at six feet above the ground. It is also the only protected area in the Dominican Republic consisting of a single element...

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That tree was there when Christopher Columbus et al made his vayage in 1492, during the migration of the Spanish, the Africans, all the wars during colonial times and after independence, all Haitian invasions (considering its location, the northern column of the Haitian troops probably marched very close or right next to the tree on their way to SD and then back to Haiti, especially during Loverture's invasion in 1801, Dessalines in 1805 and Boyer in 1821), etc. If the tree could talk it could give a roster of, for example, if any conquistador, runaway slave, Taino indian, mestizo, mulato, etc.... pee on its trunk among other things.

It's an irony that the tree Columbus used to tie his caravel next to the Ozama River in SD died about a century ago. The trunk is still there and right next is a "new" (looks anything but new) tree that was spawn from the old original tree.
 
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It is very interesting and looks like the tree has a belly button - or others might see 'something' else making this a 'mother' tree.
Consider there are 300' feet tall trees in California that were there when Christ walked the earth, which is amazing considering all the wildfires in that area.
And some others in Utah over 5000 years old - but not so majestic looking.

And yet man makes 100 rarely and they say "The trees are endangered".
I wish dogs could live as long as trees
 
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There is a tree in La Isabela next to the ruins of Columbus' house and right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea that according to the guide when I went was already there when the Spaniards built the town. Not a tall tree at all. The tree is described in the logs of Columbus.

Most likely there are trees all over the country that have been there since the time of the Taino indians.
 
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There is a tree in La Isabela next to the ruins of Columbus' house and right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea that according to the guide when I went was already there when the Spaniards built the town. Not a tall tree at all. The tree is described in the logs of Columbus.

Most likely there are trees all over the country that have been there since the time of the Taino indians.
Thanks for that NALs. I had to look it up because I didn't know. Very interesting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Isabela