The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan
When Francis Drake sacked Santo Domingo and held it to ransom in 1586 he stowed his cot (not his hammock) in a side chapel in the cathedral. Below is a view of the front of the cathedral, the oldest in the Americas, taken on my recent visit to the Dominican Republic.
Christopher Columbus was the first governor, but he didn’t last very long – indeed he was sent home in chains! His son, Diego, did a better job, so I have added a photo of the palace he built for himself and the statue of his father which stands outside the cathedral (like me now!).
You can find the short story I wrote about Columbus and his son on the page in this blog titled ‘Which Way to Paradise’.