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Damiana Dominguez, born on March 1, 1940, was around nine years old when her father, Jose, took his family – his wife Carmen; his daughters, Carmen and Damiana; and his son Diego – from their Seville, Spain, home to visit the Dominican Republic. Jose, the president of a company that produced and exported olives and olive oil, wanted to see his father, who lived in the Dominican Republic.
But while the family was there, Jose’s father died, and suddenly the father’s multiple businesses were Jose’s to run plus his mother needed to be looked after. And so, without ever going back to Spain, the Dominguez family became residents of the Dominican Republic.
Damiana’s earliest schooling in Seville had come from the Irish BVM Sisters, who required their students to speak only English and who once forced little Damiana to write with her right hand by tying her left arm to a small chair. But in the Dominican Republic, she was enrolled in fourth grade at the Colegio Santo Domingo, where Sister Mariana Carrigan was her teacher. On the first day of class, Damiana watched with shock and amazement as Sister Mariana wrote on the board with her left hand … and at that moment, the nine-year-old knew everything was okay.
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