When you amble on the oceanfront walks of Santo Domingo, don't miss the chance to say hello to Fray Anton-- This guy was a Spanish Dominican friar on the island of Hispaniola (now the Dominican Republic and Haiti) who, with prior, Fray Pedro de Córdoba and his community, preached against the enslavement and harsh treatment of the Indigenous peoples of the Island. Early visionary, si?
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A Haunting Figure
Antonio de Montesinos was a Spanish Dominican friar who preached against the enslavement and poor treatment of the Dominican Republic's indigenous peoples. When we came across this statue erected in his honor on El Malecón in Santo Domingo, I was struck by the statue's enormity. We ventured inside the complex where the statue is and were disappointed to discover a strong stench of urine and to see that it was full of trash with maggots everywhere. Still, the statue itself is impressive albeit somewhat haunting.