Caribbean island of Hispaniola was colonized by the Spaniards in the 1490’s,
back when Christopher Columbus was yachting around the world trying to find
India and thinking the next island he landed on would probably be IT. Columbus,
Columbus, Columbus. I already told you. NEVER TRUST WAZE. And so the Spanish
crown established the first ever European settlement in the New World, Santo
Domingo being the oldest European city in Latin America. Hooray? And then the
French came to join the fun.
aftermath of Spain losing the Spanish-American war meant the acquisition of
most of its remaining colonies by the United States which included the
Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico, with Cuba becoming a protectorate. More
than a century later, Cuba is now independent after being used as a pawn in the
Cold War. The Philippines is now being "run like hell by Filipinos rather than
heaven by the Americans." Congrats, Manuel Quezon, you got your wish. On the other hand, Guam
and Puerto Rico are still US territories.
cost of a direct flight from Mexico City to San Juan was almost the same as
that of Copa with a layover in Panama City. I even had the option of a 12-hr stopover, landing at around 7 AM and taking off at 7 PM. With a little bit of
research, I found out that Panama does allow you to enter the country with a US
visa. And so I decided to take the bait, despite having a similar experience
with my LA – Dallas – Mexico City last May and not particularly enjoying it.
Hey, maybe this time it’ll work if I sleep enough the night before!