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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.


(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


(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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Sollecito was watching the preliminary stages of the retrial from the Caribbean island of Santo Domingo.
The Dominican Republic, nestled in the heart of the Caribbean and occupying two-thirds of the island of Santo Domingo, is one of the area's dominant tourist destinations.
John James Audubon, born Jean-Jacques in 1785 on the Caribbean island of Santo Domingo, was the son of a French father and a Creole mother.