Monumento de Fray Anton de Montesinos

Monumento de Fray Anton de Montesinos

Monumento de Fray Anton de Montesinos
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Andrew M
By Andrew M
Defender of the Indians
4.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2020
The Montesinos statue is located on the malecon near to the port. It is 30 meters high and a great photo op with the Caribbean Sea as a back drop. I didn't enter the building, but took a few photos from the sidewalk. This is an important monument, as the Friar was the first to speak out about the rights of the indigenous people. His sculpture shows him in the act of delivering his famous sermon on 30 of November of 1511, where he criticized the treatment of the indians by the Spanish. The sermon created an uproar in town, and the son of Christopher Columbus, who was Governor, promised the townspeople that the Friar would take back his words at the next sermon. On 7th December, Montesinos continued his attack on the Spainish for their treatment of the indians. Montesinos was recalled to Spain, and sought audience with the King. This discussion led to the 1512 Laws of Burgos, which gave certain rights to the natives. In the building is a plaque with an excerpt of his famous speech. The sculptor is Antonio Castellanos, and is a gift from Mexico in 1982. Montesinos went on to establish the first catholic church in the USA in 1526, although this settlement only lasted a few months. He returned to Santo Domingo, and was appointed protector of the Indians in Venezuela. He again fought for the rights of the Indians, but was murdered in 1540 by an officer due to his support of the natives. Although Montesinos achieved rights for the Indians, in practice this didn't amount to much as they all died due to mistreatment and illness. When Columbus landed on the island in 1492, there were approximately 400,000 natives on the Island. By 1508, only 60,000 remained. The hard work in the mines caused the deaths of the Indians, and many committed suicide. The gold was more important to the Spanish than the well being of the locals. This was an important point in African and Caribbean history, as it was the beginning of the transfer of slaves from Africa to the Caribbean to replace the Indians. Montesinos also wrote the first official reclamation of freedom and equality of the people of the Americas. Other nearby attractions include Fort San Jose on the opposite side of the street, Park Montesino, which has a bust of the Friar and the monument to Japanese immigration.

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wma229
Newton, MA41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
My tour guide took me to this monument. The government is focusing on this monument now. I read the reviews about it being dirty but I didn't find that. The building was immaculate. I watched the video with English subtitles so I understood what they were saying. I then walked to the top to study the monument. I feel it is worth your time. This man was the original human rights activist in 1511. Too bad this was after the Spaniards had wiped out all the indigenous people on the island.
Written July 4, 2019
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Montesinos statue is located on the malecon near to the port. It is 30 meters high and a great photo op with the Caribbean Sea as a back drop. I didn't enter the building, but took a few photos from the sidewalk. This is an important monument, as the Friar was the first to speak out about the rights of the indigenous people. His sculpture shows him in the act of delivering his famous sermon on 30 of November of 1511, where he criticized the treatment of the indians by the Spanish. The sermon created an uproar in town, and the son of Christopher Columbus, who was Governor, promised the townspeople that the Friar would take back his words at the next sermon.

On 7th December, Montesinos continued his attack on the Spainish for their treatment of the indians. Montesinos was recalled to Spain, and sought audience with the King. This discussion led to the 1512 Laws of Burgos, which gave certain rights to the natives. In the building is a plaque with an excerpt of his famous speech. The sculptor is Antonio Castellanos, and is a gift from Mexico in 1982. Montesinos went on to establish the first catholic church in the USA in 1526, although this settlement only lasted a few months. He returned to Santo Domingo, and was appointed protector of the Indians in Venezuela. He again fought for the rights of the Indians, but was murdered in 1540 by an officer due to his support of the natives.

Although Montesinos achieved rights for the Indians, in practice this didn't amount to much as they all died due to mistreatment and illness. When Columbus landed on the island in 1492, there were approximately 400,000 natives on the Island. By 1508, only 60,000 remained. The hard work in the mines caused the deaths of the Indians, and many committed suicide. The gold was more important to the Spanish than the well being of the locals. This was an important point in African and Caribbean history, as it was the beginning of the transfer of slaves from Africa to the Caribbean to replace the Indians.

Montesinos also wrote the first official reclamation of freedom and equality of the people of the Americas. Other nearby attractions include Fort San Jose on the opposite side of the street, Park Montesino, which has a bust of the Friar and the monument to Japanese immigration.
Written February 2, 2020
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JSTrip_77
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1,234 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
This strange shouting statue is a really interesting tribute to an advocate for native rights which was essentially unheard of in the 1500-1600 time period. There is no information in English on site so you really do need to have a guide book to learn about that site. The material condition could be worse but it isn't awful. However, do be wary of who is around you. Although I generally feel safe in Santo Domingo, I've often felt a bit less safe here at this statue.

I will agree with a previous poster who warns against visiting the beaches near this statue. They are absolutely filthy with trash and a host of other unpleasantness. (I've done a beach clean-up there so I know!)
Written February 20, 2016
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,931 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This was an impressive statue in a not so good plaza a short walk from the J W Marriott Hotel. There is no English information so you need to do your own research.
Written November 26, 2017
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Emma Fernández
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic118 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017
This place has a great reason to exist: giving credit to the priest or fray that helped stop the mistreatment and abuse towards the indigenous population. Wonderful ocean view and cultural attraction. However, it needs to be kept clean for tourists.
Written March 15, 2017
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posejdon12345
Gdansk, Poland237 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
Very strange and ungly monument. Very dirty place. It is not worth it to spend time. Around the only stench and dirt.
Written January 30, 2017
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Mike Tallman
Thurmont, MD94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
Although not kept up well and only visit during the day, this historical monument is worth a visit. It is located at the east end of the Malecon near the sea port. Do not go alone and always make sure police are near by. Which they usually are. I only rate it a 4 because I don't mind some trash and smell. I try to overlook it. The beach nearby is also nice but once again be safe. Santo Domingo does not have a lot of places where you can walk in the sand along the water. This is one place you can. However, I would not recommend swimming. The locals do swim.
Written January 25, 2017
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KPR777
Raleigh, NC632 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
As with many monuments in the DR, Plaza Montesinos could theoretically be very impressive, but it suffers from neglect and a lack of maintenance. It's easy to walk here from the Zona Colonial, or you can drive and park for a few minutes just to the east on the street going down to the port/docks below. Father Montesinos' advocacy on behalf of the native tribes was notable for the 16th century, and if you can read Spanish, the quote from one of his sermons as the base of the monument is inspiring. The monument seems safe enough, but perhaps a bit iffy depending on the time of the day as there seem to be some homeless types hanging around on the beach below. I was told to avoid the beach and park below and definitely NOT get in the water because it is very polluted and unsafe.
Written February 3, 2016
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OceanWanderer
Brisbane, Australia359 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
This is a fairly ordinary statue and nothing special. Worth a quick photo. Probably the history of Fray Anton who stood up for the Taino Indians is of more interest.
Written June 14, 2015
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lzinsmaster11
Prague, Czech Republic228 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
From the monument there are nice views of a nearby lighthouse and the sea. Free to visit. If you are nearby it might be worth the climb up the stairs but I wouldn't go too far out of your way to see it.
Written March 26, 2015
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