Nizao River

The Nizao River is one of the most important rivers in the Dominican Republic. Three hydroelectric power/electrical plants have been built along its path, the largest at Jiguey Dam.[1] It is dried because of decade of aggregate extraction. Luis Carvajal, a top Dominican ecologist, estimated a cost of RD$350M per km to recover the river.[2]


On 14 April 1655 Robert Venables landed with a contingent of the English New Model Army at the mouth of the Nizao River in preparation for a land attack on Santo Domingo.[3] Vice-Admiral William Goodsonn was also landed with an auxiliary "sea regiment", composed of sailors. Their superior discipline enabled them to save the other soldiers from catastrophe during two Spanish ambushes.[3] After two attempted assaults, the siege was abandoned.[3]


  1. ^ Jobin, William R.; Jobin, William (1999). Dams and disease: ecological design and health impacts of large dams, canals and irrigation systems. Taylor & Francis. pp. 157–158. ISBN 978-0-419-22360-3.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2013-04-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c Plant, David. "The Western Design, 1655". british Civil Wars Project. Retrieved 29 May 2017.

Coordinates: 18°13′59″N 70°10′48″W / 18.233°N 70.180°W / 18.233; -70.180