Montesinos was one of the first to inhabit the Convento e Iglesia de los Dominicos/Monastery and Church of the Dominican Order.
He is known for his historic defense of the Indians. He courageously spoke against the abuses done to the Indians in a famous sermon made in 1511.
The statue measuring 150 feet (30 meters) is seen at the entrance to the port at Rio Ozama and the Santo Domingo Harbor along the Malecon.This gigantic statue was donated to the Dominican Republic by the Mexican Government while Lopez Portillo was president of Mexico. There is a small plaza in front of the statue and is a nice place to start your walk down the Malecon along the sea.