of Saona Island
Here we leave you some interesting things about Saona Island that you may not know…
Adamanay was the name given to this island adjacent to the Cotubanamá National Park by the indigenous Taínos. Christopher Columbus stepped on the island‘s soil for the first time on September 14, 1494 during his second voyage, and named it Bella Savonesa in honor of the savad Miguel da Cuneo (Miguel da Cunio), who noticed that it was an independent island of The then already named Hispaniola.
On this island is the famous Cotubanamá Cave, named in memory of the Taino cacique at the beginning of the sixth century, who, fleeing the massacres of Nicolas de Ovando, decided without much success to seek refuge on the island, being captured and executed. In times of the dictator Leonidas Trujillo this island was adjudged to his family, who exploited the cocotals that existed from an indeterminate date. It was this president who built the village of “Mano Juan” in 1944 to house 14 families who settled, and since then has survived as the only center inhabited in Cotubanama National Park. This village was also used as a hunting ground, an extensive breeding point for cattle and a place to banish political dissidents from the dictator’s regime.
The 16 of September of 1975 was created the National Park Cotubanamá by the president Joaquin Balaguer.