Cabarete – A Brief History
Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492,Cabarete, along with much of what is now the Dominican Republic, was settled by Taino Indians. Where Cabarete stands today was once a Taino village whose inhabitants were fishermen. The north coast saw Spanish settlement for several centuries, and nearby Puerto Plata gained infamy during the 16th century when its slave-trade flourished. Cabarete town was founded by Zephanaiah Kingsley in 1835 when he arrived there with several dozen freed slaves from Florida and established the Mayorasgo de Koka Estate. Haiti ruled the island of Hispaniola at the time. In the latter half of the 20th century, Cabarete grew into a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts and today is considered one of the world’s best venues for kite- boarding, windsurfing and small-boat sailing.