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Los Americanos, Samaná Peninsula

Samaná Peninsula
Dominican Republic
Tel: 809 538 2494's insider take:

In the early 19th century, hundreds of freed slaves from the United States came to settle in the Samaná peninsula of the Dominican Republic, where their descendents still live today. Until the last two generations, English was the predominant language in parts of the peninsula. Twice monthly, the same woman that runs the best whaling trips, Kim Beddall offers tours to visit Leticia Willmore, a wonderfully sweet 79-year-old woman who lives in a modest house up a small hill in the Willmore neighborhood of Santa Barbará de Samaná. Willmore is a consummate storyteller, sharing anecdotes about her English-speaking community's unusual history. Tours stop at neighborhood landmarks, such as the original 1823 First African Wesleyan Methodist Church, a focal point for the community. And refreshments are served: the community's traditional ginger beer, homemade by Ms. Willmore herself.

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