Discovery Day in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Date in the current year: December 5, 2016

Discovery Day in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Haiti and the Dominican Republic annually celebrate Discovery Day on December 5. This holiday was established to celebrate the day, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola in 1492.

Christopher Columbus found the island during his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. He named the island La Isla Española (“the Spanish Island” in English). His flagship sank near the island and the sailors were left at an outpost called La Navidad, situated on the territory of present-day Haiti. The outpost was destroyed by the locals and the next year Columbus quickly founded the new settlement La Isabela on the territory of present-day Dominican Republic.

Today Hispaniola is the second largest island in the Caribbean and the tenth most populous island in the world. The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the island and these countries are very popular among the tourists. Celebration of Discovery Day attracts visitors and locals with its bright and colorful festival and fair, where every one can enjoy local food and refreshing beverages.

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