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Corral de Los Indios, Taino Indians astronomical site

Christian Fernsby |
One of the few pre-Columbian monuments that exist in the Dominican Republic, the Corral de Los Indios is located roughly 5 km north of the City of San Juan de la Maguana, near the center of the island of Hispaniola.

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It is among the most important pre-Columbian monuments of the Antilles. The site is composed of a circular clearing some 235 meters diameter, with a big stone in the center.

It is said that the site originally had two rows of black stones forming two concentric circles around the center which were destroyed for the hydraulic works in the Canal Juan de Herrera. The site was further damaged in 1918 when Americans invaded the country. Between 1960 and 1965, restoration work was done by Emil Moya Boyra.

It is believed the site was a ceremonial place for the Caonabo and Anacaona Indians as well as a astronomical instrument.

It is said that from the center rock astronomical phenomena could be observed and lined up with the outer rings of rock with great precision.

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