- an island in the West Indies, comprising the republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 29,843 sq. mi. (77,293 sq. km).
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Historical Examples of hispaniola
That land, you treacherous, forsworn Spanish dog, is the island of Hispaniola.Captain Blood
At Hispaniola he repaired his vessels, and then sailed back to Spain.
Then he sailed for the island of Hispaniola, now called Haiti.
The colonization of Hispaniola had commenced in 1493, when the town of Isabella was built.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
Accordingly, it was decided to abandon the enterprise and return to Hispaniola.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
- 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
Word Origin and History for hispaniola
West Indian island, from Spanish la isla española "the Spanish island" (not "little Spain"); name said to have been given by Columbus in 1492.