Welcome to La Vega
In the 1490s, Christopher Columbus ordered a fort built in the area to store gold mined nearby. Over the next 50 years, the first mint in the New World was established, the nation’s first commercial sugar crop was harvested, and the first royally sanctioned brothel in the western hemisphere opened for business in La Vega. The prosperity ended in 1562, when an earthquake leveled the city, causing so much damage that the settlement was moved several kilometers to its present site on the Río Camú. You can visit what remains of the old city near the town of Santo Cerro.