In THE DOMINICANS we are dedicated to show in an easy to understand language the historical processes that influenced the formation of the identity and culture of the Dominican Republic.
- Promote the fundamental values of the Dominican Republic.
- Create the conditions for a better understanding, and to command respect for the existence, of the Dominican Republic and the Dominican people.
- Expose myths and biases that spread through the media with the dishonorable intentions of destroying the national unity and the patriotic sentiment of the Dominican people.
- Rescue the legitimate historical memory for future generations and emphasize historical aspects that are unknown or ignored by traditional and contemporary historians.
“I have noticed that the memory is fundamental [to understand life]; and now, that in this country some want to erase its memory and replace it with a memory that is not real, an invented memory; we must treat our national memory with care and make her a part of our defense in favor of our national and moral values.”
– Mr. Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, respected Dominican historian.
“The whites, blacks, indigenous, and mixed men;
Marching serenely, umited, and daringly;
Lets save our country from horrible tyrants;
And lets show the world that we are all brothers.”
– Juan Pablo Duarte, founding father of the Dominican Republic.
“No one can demand a preferred style to a nascent literature that was formed in very unfavorable conditions. What of all of this will remain, only the future will tell. What will undoubtably remain is the memorable example of a small group of people with Spanish blood in their veins, that since the XVII century was almost forgotten by Spain, except for late and unfortunate reinvindications. They coexisted and fought, first, with a people that spoke a different language; then, with a people that were enemies of European peoples and civilizations. Impoverished and desolated by earthquakes, fires, devastations, and massacres. Held at the mercy of rapacious pirates, filibusters, and blacks. Sold and given away by their own government as if they were a ranch with domestic animals. Veiled by unbearable leaders and victims of a perennial anarchy. They resisted all the tests, they continue to speak Spanish, and they managed to form a society. Within the very harsh reality of their living conditions they found a gap for the ideal, and sooner or later they developed their own poets. The past is the pledge of the future, but today very dark clouds are forming over Santo Domingo. The future of our people is the most uncertain there than in any other place in Spanish America.”
– Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo, Spanish scholar, writer, and literary critic.
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