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The first university in the Americas was the University of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. It was founded in 1538 by Spaniards who occupied the eastern half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Further Information: Brubacher, John S. Higher Education in Transition: A History of American Colleges and Universities.New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1997; Shattock, Michael. The Creation of a University System.Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
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