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Hispaniola

[his-puh n-yoh-luh; Spanish ees-pahn-yaw-lah]
noun
  1. 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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.

  • Accordingly, it was decided to abandon the enterprise and return to Hispaniola.


British Dictionary definitions for hispaniola

Hispaniola

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for hispaniola

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.

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