EL SEIBO.

This mountainous province on the southern shore of Samaná Bay has been little developed to date. It has beautiful beaches at Miches and a vast scientific reserve near El Limón, where there are many caves with Taíno drawings (the most famous is La Chiva). There are also many river swimming areas along the Soco and Seibo among the mountains of the Eastern Cordillera, and some delightful colonial-era ruins in the town of Santa Cruz del Seibo, as well as a Monument to the Battle of Palo Hincado. The folk festivals throughout the province are a colorful draw, and the “atabales” drummers of the region are reputed to be among the best in the country.

Geographic Location.
The Seibo municipality, located in the Eastern part of the country, has a history of tradition and heroism. It was founded in 1506 by the conqueror of Jamaica, Juan de Esquivel, with the name of Santa Cruz de Icayagua.

History
Towards 1518 its population disappeared and settled in Cuesta Prieta, to the east of the Seibo river, where it is branched off with the Soco river. The Seibo was largest eastern province until until December31, 1944 because it was formed by the municipalities of Seybo, Hato Mayor, Miches, Sabana de la Mar and La Romana.

Its territory began to decrease with the creation of the province La Altagracia, on January 1, 1945, which consisted in La Romana as the head city, the municipality of Higuey and the municipal district of San Rafael Del Yuma.

Some of the distinguished people from the Seibo include Manuela Ten, mother of Juan Pablo Duarte, Cesáreo Guillermo and Alexander Woss y Gil, who were Presidents of the Republic. Also Monsignor Octavio A. Beras, Archbishop of Santo Domingo and Cardenal of the Catholic church and Minerva Bernardino, who has had the honor to represent the country in several international events, defending the equality of the rights of women.

The Seibo venerates with great fervor and devotion to the Saint Cruz, by means of an enlarged program of events that begin on the 1st of May and finish the 10th of the same month. It is the only city in the country that in its supervisory celebrations organizes bullfights.

Another attraction of the supervisory celebrations is the popular vigil of "atabales", a type of popular percussive music. These celebrations enjoy great popularity in all the sectors of the community.