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Today in Latin American History

First Public Performance of the Dominican National Anthem Occurred in 1883

First Public Performance of the Dominican National Anthem Occurred in 1883

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Today in Latin American history, the first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem took place in 1883.

Its music was composed by José Rufino Reyes Siancas, and its lyrics were authored by Emilio Prud’Homme.

Though the music was an instant success, several objections were made to the lyrics for having various historical inaccuracies.

Interestingly, the Spanish name of the Dominican Republic, “República Dominicana”, is never used in the anthem’s official Spanish lyrics nor is the denonym for Dominicans, “dominicanos.”

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