Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Rodrigo de Bastidas was a Spanish conquistador. After accompanying Christopher Columbus on his second voyage, Rodrigo de Bastidas began a nearly thirty year exploration of the New World. Unlike most Spaniards during the Age of Discovery, he treated the native people with respect and dignity. Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas was his residence, built during the early 1500s. The building was exceptionally large (over 9,800 square feet) because it served as a warehouse for treasures he and others acquired before sending them to Spain. After he was murdered and buried locally in Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación, his descendants lived here for generations. Today, it is the Trampolín Children’s Museum.

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Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

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