First Bell in America.
The first bell rung in America was erected on the first church ever built in this country, early in 1494. Columbus landed at Isabella, on the island of San Domingo, in December, 1493, and soon built a church. Shortly afterward, says The Bell, a new city was begun in the royal palace of La Vega, and was Sailed La Vega, or the City of the Plains. The church, with its bell, and all the other houses of Isabella were then removed to La Vega. In 1542 the new City of the Plains was destroyed by an earthquake. About a quarter of a century ago, in the branches of a fig tree which had grown up amid the ruins of the belfry tower of the church, a bell was seen, which proved to be the original bell in question, and this historic bell is now in the city of Washington. It is bronze, 8 x 6)4 inches, bears the letter F in old Gothic characters, and has the image of San Miguel on its surface.