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Dominican Republic: "Guide to the first sugar mills of America" launched
On the occasion of International Day for Monuments and Sites

19 April 2024/ Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic

The Cultural Centre of Spain (CCE) and the National Directorate of Monumental Heritage of the Ministry of Culture presented the "Guide to the first mills of America" in an event that took place on last Thursday night, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for Monuments and Sites.

The launch of this work, which took place in the Antonio Prats Vents hall of the aforementioned cultural centre, was attended by the Minister of Culture, Milagros Germn; the Spanish ambassador, Antonio Prez-Hernndez y Torra; the national director of Monumental Heritage, Juan Mubarak, and the director of the CCE, Jess Oyamburu, who acted as host.

The text deals with the history of the Boca de Nigua and Diego Caballero sugar mills, both in San Cristbal, as well as Santa Ana de Engombe and the Casa Grande de Palav, in Santo Domingo Oeste. These buildings are part of a legacy that still lives on in the historical memory of our nation.

During the presentation, Minister Germn stressed that this guide will help visitors to understand the production system of the sugar mills in the Spanish colonial period, "with the aim of serving as a stimulus to safeguard our cultural and social heritage, by giving it new life through these pages".

The "Guide to the first sugar mills in America" is a work that explains the history of each of these four monuments, which played an important role in the production system during the colonial period, illustrated with photographs of the buildings, as well as plans for their construction.

The publication also includes a map that makes it easier for visitors to explore these emblematic historical spaces of our country, acting as a stimulus for cultural tourism.

Note: Unofficial translation into English provided by the UNESCO Regional Office in Havana.

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