The oldest city in the New World. Located at the point where the Ozama River flows into the Caribbean.
Largest city, chief seaport, and capital of the Dominican Republic. Population (1981, greater city) 1,313,172.
It is the site of factories manufacturing alcoholic beverages, cement, and textiles and serves as a distribution outlet for the sugarcane, beef and cattle, and other products of the surrounding region.
Santo Domingo is connected by both ship and airlines with principal points in North and South America and is at the hub of a network of modern roads. Santo Domingo is a tourist, economic, and administrative center.
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Educational and cultural institutions include the University of Santo Domingo, dating from 1538 and said to be the oldest university in the Americas, and Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University, established in 1966.
Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, the city is the oldest European settlement extant in the New World.
In 1930 it was heavily damaged by a hurricane but was subsequently rebuilt.
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