SLAVERY IN DR
African slaves were being held captive in ships and were sent to Dominican Republic in 1503. These ships were on their way to Hispaniola which was what the Dominican Republic used to be called.
These slaves were brought to work and specifically make sugar. The first sugar mill was created in 1516 in Hispaniola. This led to more African slaves being shipped off to DR (Minority Rights Group International). Slavery in DR had a large impact because of the increase of slavery. The Spanish were getting more in control of what was going on in DR.
Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Dominican Republic, May 2018, available at: [accessed 2 May 2019].
RESISTANCE TO SLAVERY IN DR
In 1522 the first slave revolt took place in Santo Domingo. There's a movement being led by a group called Muslim Wolofs. They come from West Africa. They started this movement against the slave owners because of the power that they had over them. The Muslim Wolofs escaped to the mountains to create a community called "Maroon". This was the first independent community in the Latin Americas (Minority Rights Group International). This showed that enslaved people really wanted freedom because of how the Muslim Wolofs took a stand against their owners. They didn't want to work for them anymore. They wanted to create a community with other enslaved Africans in Latin America.
Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Dominican Republic, May 2018, available at: [accessed 2 May 2019]
HOW THE AFRICAN CULTURE INFLUENCED DR
The culture in DR is influenced by the African slaves when they were being brought to Hispaniola in ships. The combinations of European, African, Taino & Middle Eastern culture still influence DR till this day. Dominicans speak Spanish which came from when the Spanish came over. They also borrow some figurative language from the Tainos. The instruments and music that Dominicans still blast to today came from African slaves. The African drums are a well known instrument in DR. Merengue actually originated in Haiti and was also being found a well known dance in DR. Cuisine in DR is amazing as we know but these dishes actually originated from the Middle East. Well known dishes as "Quipe" & "Mangú" originated from the Middle East. All of these countries and places from across the seas have had an impact on DR in some way and still do.
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This video is about a documentary that talks about the history of DR and Haiti. What it's like to be an Afro-Dominican and a Afro-Haitian in your own country.