Santo Domingo <<SAHN toh doh MIHNG goh>> is the capital and largest metropolis of the Dominican Republic. Its full identify is Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The town lies on the mouth of the Ozama River on the southern coast of the island of Hispaniola. It is a vital seaport. Factories in Santo Domingo make liquor, sugar merchandise, and material. Resorts and seashores make the town widespread with vacationers.
Santo Domingo is the oldest metropolis based by Europeans within the Western Hemisphere. Bartholomew Columbus, a brother of Christopher Columbus, established the town in 1496. He named it Nueva Isabela. The Cathedral of Santo Domingo, completed about 1540, is the oldest church within the Caribbean Islands. Some individuals assume the Columbus Lighthouse in Santo Domingo holds the stays of Christopher Columbus.
A hurricane destroyed most of Santo Domingo in 1930. The town was rebuilt alongside trendy strains. Nevertheless, lots of its buildings are within the Spanish colonial type. Santo Domingo was referred to as Ciudad Trujillo from 1936 to 1961, when the dictator Rafael Trujillo managed the Dominican Republic.