Half Day History Tour
Half Day History Tour
History points to sugar as a mainstay of the Dominican economy and is the nation’s largest employer and the main source of export earnings. In the late 1980s, the Dominican Republic was the world’s fourth largest producer of sugarcane. The first sugarcane plantations were introduced in the DR by Spanish colonizers in the beginning of the 16th century, as a result, thousands of workers have remained in the territory serving as a labor force in the sugarcane fields.
The Dominican Sugar Industry “DSI” has always been a pioneer in the agricultural space and continues to lead the way in terms of state-of-the-art technology and best practices. As it navigates an increasingly complex global trade, regulatory, and sustainability framework, the industry continues to adapt to new opportunities and challenges. Learn from the planting to the harvesting all about sugar cane production and be immersed in the lifestyle of the sugar plantation workers. See how the sugarcane is cut by hand with sharp machetes by skilled workers, observe the traditional Roman weighing machine, taste the sugar from the field and see the traditional and picturesque carriages pulled by oxen.
From the sugarcane there is more than sugar that becomes a by-product, but also Rum. Born in the Caribbean, rum isn’t just a drink in the Dominican Republic, it’s also a way of life. The roots of rum go deep in the land known for pristine beaches and white sand, the region’s very first distillation of the spirit took place all the way back in the 1620s when it was discovered that molasses, a byproduct of sugar refining on sugarcane plantations could be fermented into alcohol.
Along with your local, English-speaking guide, now it is time to dive into an afro-descendant community where you will learn the social structure, religion related to African and European beliefs and enjoy traditional music played with local instruments of the vibrant and contagious Gaga rhythm.
As you make your way back to La Romana City, see the traditional town and have a light lunch of the local, delicious Dominican food before you return to the pier area and your ship.