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An island of the West Indies east of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Arawak Indians, it was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain in 1492. The western part (now Haiti) was ceded to France by Spain in 1697. The Dominican Republic, on the eastern part of the island, was formed in 1844.
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(ˌhɪspənˈjəʊlə; Spanish ispaˈɲola)
(Placename) the second largest island in the Caribbean, in the Greater Antilles: divided politically into Haiti and the Dominican Republic; discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who named it La Isla Española. Area: 18 703 sq km (29 418 sq miles). Former name: Santo Domingo
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(ˌhɪs pənˈyoʊ lə)

an island in the West Indies, comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 30,285 sq. mi. (78,460 sq. km).
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Noun1.Hispaniola - an island in the West IndiesHispaniola - an island in the West Indies  
Greater Antilles - a group of islands in the western West Indies
Haiti, Republic of Haiti - a republic in the West Indies on the western part of the island of Hispaniola; achieved independence from France in 1804; the poorest and most illiterate nation in the western hemisphere
Dominican Republic - a republic in the West Indies; located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola
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You never imagined a sweeter schooner--a child might sail her--two hundred tons; name, HISPANIOLA.
Blandly himself found the HISPANIOLA, and by the most admirable management got her for the merest trifle.
I have a boatswain who pipes, Livesey; so things shall go man-o'-war fashion on board the good ship HISPANIOLA.
'Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola,' it added.
Who became sole ruler and first emperor of Quiz of the Day ANSWERS: 1 Ryan O'Neal; 2 Thunderbugs; 3 David Bedford; 4 Sue Barker; 5 Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter; 6 Christian Dior; 7 Hispaniola; 8 Augustus; 9 Pissarro; 10 American History X.
Washington, Shawwal 6, 1433, Aug 24, 2012, SPA -- Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened slightly as it headed towards the Caribbean island of Hispaniola early Friday, but seemed unlikely to gain enough strength to hit the Dominican Republic and Haiti as a hurricane.
An estimated 90% of the species' global population overwinters on the island of Hispaniola, where ongoing habitat loss is a severe problem.
1956) builds his long poem on the metaphor of journey, and specifically the voyage of Columbus and his belief that what is now Hispaniola, in the Caribbean Sea, was the Cipango, or Japan, that he was taking a short cut to.
* Hispaniola is a variation of La Isla Espanola (the Spanish Island), the name given to the location by its first European visitor, Christopher Columbus, who claimed it for Spain in 1492.
It was part of a project to conserve land mammals on the island of Hispaniola, which consists of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and is located between Cuba and Puerto Rico.