Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Anacaona was one of the highest Caciques or chief who ruled the Island of Hispaniola when the Spaniards settled there. Her date of birth and of death are both unknown. She is a significant icon in early Haitian History, the primordial founder of Haiti and she is considered to be the first Haitian hero.
She is revered and immortalized in the intertwining histories of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Her Arawak name Anacaona means "Golden Flower". She married Caonabo, a chief of another cacicazgos who left the leadership to his brother Bohechio after marrying the beautiful Anacaona. From that union, a baby girl named Higuamota was born. Nothing else other than her name is known about her.
Anacaona and her husband Caonabo were the first to fight off the Spaniards conquerors, but without any success. She got captured by Nicola De Ovando during a feast organized by the Spaniards pretending to honor her kindness. Nicola De Ovando captured and hanged her. Queen Anacaona died around the age 29. Today she is very much revered in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic and some other Caribbean Countries. Anacaona died for her willingness to accept peace from the Spaniards, her kindness and for fighting those who invaded, stolen her lands and enslaved her people.
May she be remembered for her struggles, her talents, and the amazing leadership depicted through her historical importance. She is truly an iconic symbol for women fighters in the world.