• Puerta de la Misericordia, the first door of Santo Domingo

    Puerta de la Misericordia

    If we take a walk through the center of Santo Domingo, we are visiting the beautiful colonial zone where so many important scenes of the history of Latin America have taken place. Apart from encountering some of the first streets in the new world, today we will tour by some of the places linked to the independence of the Dominican Republic.

    It is the case of Puerta Grande, actually known as Puerta de la Misericordia, and it is said that it was the first gateway to the walled city of Santo Domingo. However, its real importance in history is not on his dating and that makes us go back to the first half of the 16th century, when it was erected in the year 1543.

    On both sides of the door, two forts kept the first city of the Columbian America that, from 1568, became the first line of Defense of the Dominican town.

    However, the Renaissance Gate took its real value with the pro-independence cravings of the inhabitants of the Caribbean island, after the period of the Haitian occupation of the Dominican Republic.

    The former ‘La Española’ was invaded by Haiti in February 1922. The island’s history recalled that for more than two decades, the terror and cruelty characterized those years of occupation, which ended with the uprising of the people and the so-called Trinitarian resistance.

    On 27 February 1944 the politician and independence activist Matías Ramón Mella fired his blunderbuss in the famous ‘Door of Mercy’, putting end to the occupation times.

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    Mar Santiago
    Mar Santiago
    She is a journalist and traveler, specialized in other cultures and countries in conflict. Mar has worked for major media networks as RNE, Diario16 Malaga and EFE.

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