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Enriquilla AKA Guarocuya was a Taino Cacique (chief) on the island of Quisqueya AKA Hispaniola. Aided by escaped African slaves, he waged war against the Spanish from 1519 to 1532. The Spanish withdrew from the mountains of the Dominican Republic, and Enriquillo lived out his life in the mountains. He is the hero of the Dominican Republic. Lake Enriquillo is named after him.

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Old Haiti

In 1492, the island of Hispaniola was known as Haiti–it was ruled over by 5 caciques, Taino chiefs. Today the country of Haiti is on the west side and the Dominican Republic is on the east. In rural areas of the Dominican Republic, Taino culture is thriving.

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