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travel42 Port Guide: Samana

Samana travel42 Port of Call Guide

A cultural oddity in a country usually associated with Columbus and Spanish domination, the town of Samana, 65 mi/105 km northeast of Santo Domingo, was founded in the 1750s and later settled by English-speaking U.S. slaves in the 1820s. This came about through the efforts of U.S. abolitionists and a Haitian general who worked to relocate thousands of slaves who had escaped Southern plantations via the Underground Railroad. Descendants of the original settlers—called Americanos—still live around...
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