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For decades, Santo Domingo colony was the headquarters of Spanish colonial power in the New World. But after the Spanish conquest of the mainland empires of the Aztecs and Incas, the importance of Hispaniola declined and Spain paid less attention to it. French bucaneers settled in the western part of the island, and by the 1697 Treaty of Ryswick, Spain ceded the area to France. With colonial settlement and the development of a plantation economy dependent on slave labor, it grew into the wealthy colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), with four times (500,000 vs. 125,000) as much population as Spanish Santo Domingo by the end of the 18th century. By then, enslaved Africans in Saint-Domingue outnumbered whites and freedmen by ten to one.

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  • Copyright: Elias Castillo (manatee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 903 W: 5 N: 1371] (4658)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-07-19
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/4.5
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 1:12
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