Photo of old train engines from Montellano, Dominican Republic, a small village between Sosua and Puerta Plata.
I took a Gua Gua, which is what they call the vans that take you from town to town here in Dominican Republic from the city of Sosua to Montellano.
The town of Montellano, I believe in the past was what they call a "Batey," a sugar workers town. Somehow, the people from the city of Montellano in Spain came here, and started this village, and set up a sugar mill. Below is what a Dominican Republic Sugar mill looks like, there is an old one sitting vacant in Montellano, but not easy to photograph or enter. That photo is not from Montellano.
A Batey town or a sugar workers town is all about harvesting and processing of the sugar cane. I read about the Batey on Wikipedia, but does not ring true. The more or less say they went to Haiti to and got the workers.
The Dominican Republic people are about 50 percent white, and 50 percent black, the are Mulattoes. While Haiti is about 98 percent black. What does not ring true and is always perplexing is the "anti-Haiti" views of both the Expats living in Sosua or the local Dominican Republic.
You can be talking to a fuzzy hair, very black person, and they will talk as if they are white the Haiti people are 100 percent different. They are very close to black, and culturally more black slave than Spanish culture. This feels more like Haiti than a Central or South American culture. I spent two months in Haiti right before the Earthquake and culturally they are the same a DR, although Spanish blood normally means a more clever thief, and more corrupt.
They intermarried, had many babies, and the DR is mulattoes, not Spanish, and closer to Haiti than to Spain in mannerisms.
Montellano is a breath of fresh air, if you do not know, Sosua is more or less 99 percent full of women who the tourist men buy for boom boom, it is a B--Ro--THEL city. Which means, I have great Internet, a great beach, cheap room, very good infrastructure, but truly aggressive girls inside, and the local men are jerks also. This is a popular destination for the East Coast USA guys to come on the weekend.
I have now visited Montellano twice, La Union, Sosua Abajo and Puerto Plata, Cabarete is a boring tourist trap the same as Sosua.
Culturally, Montellano is the best, it has a central park, people walking around working and is about 90 percent DR, and maybe 10 percent Haitian, or maybe less, closer to 5 percent. All this exploration is difficult, when none of the other tourist appear to care in the least.
All these villages export their girls nightly to Sosua for boom boom sales.
OK, the train engines are very small, the tracks appear to be small, but what happened was the were trains connecting all the Bateys village. I read about Montellano, but it is on the Wikipedia in Spanish and the English Villa Montellano has nothing to read. This is in Spanish...
Wikipedia truly sucks at this level of writing, because the people writing are just stealing other peoples writing and they do not know. Plus, there are no feet on the ground to inspect what is real, so they fill in the blanks with what is plausible and politically correct.
The political correct filter or the cliché it filters makes everything difficult for me to read as they lie to me, and do it is full of interpretation from untraveled people who do not truly understand. They make it like poor people are alway good, and rich people bad, just not true.
Sosua is a great place to live, horrible place to talk to the locals, but there is no reason to talk with them, there are tons of foreigners who speak English. The men in Sosua are only with women for boom boom. But to live in Sosua, and make trips to all the other local towns is a great idea. If you go inland away from the ocean, the culture becomes softer and more peaceful, and probably no Eastern Europe mafia, and less crime.. I HOPE! I do not know.
In any of the countries in Central, and South American the slaves were on the coast and the Spanish normally settle inland. They kept the slaves dumbed down, therefore anyone of education in all the countries was about 50 to 100 miles inland, and more or less the plantations were away from the Spanish blood people, which means there is a high percent of blacks on all the coastal area of Central, South America etc.
The closer to the ocean, the easier to transport the sugar to other markets.
Santiago is inland, while I think Santo Domingo is a big port city
Oceanfront property has been worthless up until the last 20-50 years, which is funny, so in a way the least educated groups are now living on the most valuable land. Although in reality, there is ton of oceanfront land.
Well, go take a look at Montellano, the people in Montellano are saints compared to Sosua