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Fray Antonio de Montesinos 

The statue at the mouth of the Ozama River, created by Mexican sculptor Antonio Castellanos Basich, welcomes you to the colonial district of the Dominican capital. The statue’s hand is raised to its mouth, as though holding a bullhorn, commemorating the courage of the Dominican priest who refused to remain silent in the face of the conquerors’ cruel treatment of indigenous people in Hispaniola and other colonies. Montesinos’s sermons caused a stir that reached as far as the Castilian court, unleashing theological and philosophical debates that yielded achievements such as the Burgos Laws (1512) and the Valladolid Controversy (1550-1551), antecedents of contemporary human rights legislation.

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