The founding of Las Terrenas as such, has no date, because there is no historical or social event of relevance that can mark a specific date. In 1630, French privateers conformed it as a small village. In 1808, “La Terriene” appears as the 16th Party of the Samana Peninsula, but there is no evidence of people living in Las Terrenas, until 1903; the year in which the Aurora School was founded by Professor Vicente Martinez and Mr. Victor Neumann.
However, it is said that Las Terrenas was founded by groups of Dominican families of different surnames. The founder’s surnames are classified into 4 groups:
1. Those from Samana: Anderson, Aron, Castillo, Dorbin, Drullar, Durvin, Fermin, Forchue, Gambin, Gamon, Gervasio, Guen, Green, Henn, Johnson, Kely, Kery, King, Silvain and Vanderhorst;
2. Those from el Cibao, which were the ones arriving on their own: Hernandez Paulino and Guzman.
3. Those who came from Puerto Plata and Moca, brought by the Paiewonsky family to work, such as: Morobel, Suero, Vasquez, De La Cruz, Reyes, Crisostomo, Ademan.
4. And those who came from the south of the country to work in agriculture: Galvan, Abreu, Adames, Alcantara, De Leon and Viola.
The first person of this last mentioned group was Alejo Galván from Bohechío; who by his mediation, after the big earthquake of 1946, brought in another 10 families to the area.