Early history: Founded in 1502 by Nicolas de Overdo, Puerto Plata was named for its iridescent silver coastline at sunset and made official by a personal degree signed by Christopher Columbus.
Middle history: protect against potential pirate attacks, the Fort of San Felipe was built in the mid-sixteenth century. After continued attacks from marauding corsairs, the fort was dismantled in 1605 and reconstructed in 1739, fortified with highly trained military personnel. It was the trade center in its early stages but the discovery of richer lands elsewhere let to its financial ruins in the 16th century and smuggling became a major industry. The Spanish crowd ordered to relocate the inhabitants and destroy the city but illegal activities continued well into the 17th century.
Recent history: the 18th century saw a resurgence of mercantile activity until a fire swept the city in 1863. An explosion in the tourism industries if the US and Europe in the middle of the 19th century along with the development of central bank’s tourism infrastructure, a new life was brought to the port city. You can help but falling for its natural beauty and pristine beaches which is ideal for sun-seeking travelers.