"Dominican society is the cradle of blackness in the Americas. The island of Hispaniola or Santo Domingo, which Dominicans share with Haitians served as port of entry to the first African slaves to set foot on Spain’s newly conquered territories following Christopher Columbus’s eventful transatlantic voyage in 1492."
Torres-Saillant, Silvio. “The Tribulations of Blackness: Stages in Dominican Racial Identity,” Latin American Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 3, Race and National Identity in the Americas. (May 1998), p. 126. (via afrocatracho)