Thursday, October 06, 2005

Las Matas de Farfan

Although I was born in beautiful Santo Domingo, my father's side of the family hails from the Dominican "deep south". My great-great-grandparents came to the island and moved to this side from Haiti. They settled in Las Matas de Farfan, a then mainly agricultural town. The town name translates to "Farfan's Trees" or "Farfan's Plants".

Las Matas de Farfan is about 40 minutes away from San Juan de la Maguana and 30 minutes away from the Dominican border with Haiti. It is one of the biggest towns in the south (which is really the west, but who am I to change things?). Its main activity is farming. They still hold a "mercado", or market, three times a week, selling diverse items in the main street.

I once asked my father about the name but i don't remember what he told me at that time. It came to mind last time I was there, but I didn't ask. While driving around with my dad, we pulled over in one of the parks to meet some people. I wandered away and found a bronze plaque by the shade of the trees. In general terms it stated that the town was founded by a man called Bartolome de Farfan in 17XX (I'm not sure). My dad came around, pointed at the trees above the plaque, and said, "Oh, those are "las matas de Farfan"." They are tamarind trees. Just thought it would be interesting to point this out.

7 Comments:

Blogger Teacher George said...

so basically ...

the name of the town is TAMARINDO ?

osea el pana sembro unos tamarindos ahi y ya ? Eso e ? La Mata de Farfan?

So like ... ummm y si yo sembro algo? Como una vaina de habichuela? y meto un pueblito por ahi ? Los Granos de Yorch ?

October 07, 2005 12:44 AM  
Anonymous joanna said...

hahahhaha excelentee Jorge Armando!!!

October 07, 2005 12:50 AM  
Blogger Manu Under Her Skirt said...

Que pasaria si fundaras your own town? How would you call it ?

The All-knowing town ???
The Mighty Town ???

October 07, 2005 11:52 AM  
Blogger iliana... said...

hmmm.. yo quiero funda un pueblito en que no to el mundo pueda entra :p

October 07, 2005 3:39 PM  
Blogger The Collector said...

Oh, so they were being literal.
Not touching El hoyo de chulin then. Literal or not.

October 17, 2005 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Rick Roques said...

Para el de la idea del Hoyo de Chulín es bueno aclararle que ese lugar tomó ese nombre porque un señor de apodo Chulín que no era propietario de ese terreno pero si me muchas casitas en esa propiedad alquilaba a las personas más humildes a precios que sólo ellos se atreverían a pagar (algunas fuentes me informaron que era alrededor de $150-200 a principios de los 90's cuando hice una pequeña investigación para el colegio). Como Chulín era el que cobraba en el lugar en forma de foza u hoyo terminó por ser conocido como hoyo de Chulín.

Una mejor pregunta sería ?De donde sale el nombre de la Montaña Nalga de Maco en RD?

October 18, 2005 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ese nombre fue dado por un comerciante de origen espanol llamado "bartolome farfan" que amarraba sus caballos para fines de descanso las matas de farfan fue establecida en diciembre del 1780....asi que muchachos lean de donde son primero antes de inventar
un matero 100%

February 10, 2006 6:30 PM  

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