THE SLAVE ROUTE

Day trip from Santo Domingo

The slave route

Included services

• Transport
• Entrance fees
• Lunch (incl. drink)
• Local English, French or Spanish speaking tour guide
On this excursion you will get to know the background of the history of slavery in the Dominican Republic. Because people who were brought from Africa as slaves from 1503/1505 onwards, especially for work in the sugar factories on the island of Hispaniola, play an important role in the history of the country.

After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel and start your tour in the "Barrio Santa Barbara". Here was the slave market, the historical trading centre for people from Africa who were brought to the island to work as slaves. The street scene today is dominated by mural paintings that refer to the historical and cultural aspects of slavery, such as religious syncretism. After a subsequent visit to the Rum Museum, where you will learn about the tools used by the slaves to do their work in the sugar factories, the tour takes you to the historic pillory "La Picota", where insurgent slaves were publicly whipped. After the historical city tour you leave Santo Domingo in western direction. On the way you will pass historical places like "La Puerta de Lemba", where once the head of Sebastian Lemba, a rebellious slave leader, today revered as a national hero, was displayed after his beheading by the Spanish colonial masters. After leaving Santo Domingo, you will visit the ruins of the "Ingenio Boca de Nigua" sugar factory. The well-preserved structures of the factory give you an impression of the historical sugar and rum production. You will also learn how the tools you learned about at the Rum Museum were used. The place is also particularly interesting from a historical point of view, since the first slave revolt in the New World took place here in 1521. Afterwards you drive to the ruins of the first water-powered sugar factory "Ingenio Diego Caballero". On the way back, you will stop at a restaurant famous for its “pastel en hoja speciality”, which is dough filled with meat and steamed in banana leaves, but also offers other Dominican delicacies. Before being taken back to your hotel after lunch, you will stop at a third historic sugar factory, the "Ingenio de Engombe", which is characterized by the well-preserved remains of the factory owner's mansion. Return to your hotel.
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