58 Facts About Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic is a country located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean region.

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Since 1978, the Dominican Republic has moved toward representative democracy, and has been led by Leonel Fernandez for most of the time after 1996.

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Dominican Republic was later succeeded by Luis Abinader in the 2020 presidential election after anti-government protests erupted that year.

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Dominican Republic has the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region and is the seventh-largest economy in Latin America.

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Illegal Haitian immigration is a big problem in the Dominican Republic, putting a strain on the Dominican economy and increasing tensions between Dominicans and Haitians.

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Dominican Republic Order established a house of high studies on the colony of Santo Domingo that is known as the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, the first University in the New World.

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Dominican Republic claimed the land for Spain and named it La Espanola, due to its diverse climate and terrain, which reminded him of the Spanish landscape.

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Except for the city of Santo Domingo, which managed to maintain some legal exports, Dominican Republic ports were forced to rely on contraband trade, which, along with livestock, became one of the main sources of livelihood for the island's inhabitants.

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Between 1720 and 1774, Dominican Republic privateers cruised the waters from Santo Domingo to the coast of Tierra Firme, taking British, French, and Dutch ships with cargoes of African slaves and other commodities.

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The battle began with heavy cannon fire by the entrenched Haitians and ended with a Dominican Republic assault followed by hand-to-hand combat; three Haitian generals were killed.

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In November 1849, Dominican Republic seamen raided the Haitian coasts, plundered seaside villages, as far as Dame Marie, and butchered crews of captured enemy ships.

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Dominican Republic was "a consummate dissembler", who put the nation deep into debt while using much of the proceeds for his personal use and to maintain his police state.

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Dominican Republic made a small military intervention to ward off European powers, to proclaim his famous Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, and to obtain his 1905 Dominican agreement for U S administration of Dominican customs, which was the chief source of income for the Dominican government.

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The occupying government revived the Dominican Republic economy, reduced the nation's debt, built a road network that at last interconnected all regions of the country, and created a professional National Guard to replace the warring partisan units.

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Dominican Republic finally negotiated an undisputed border with Haiti in 1935, and achieved the end of the 50-year customs agreement in 1941, instead of 1956.

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Dominican Republic agents placed a bomb in the Venezuelan president's car in Caracas, which exploded, injuring Betancourt and killing a number of his advisers.

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Dissidents inside the Dominican Republic argued that assassination was the only certain way to remove Trujillo.

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Dominican Republic's rule was criticized for a growing disparity between rich and poor.

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Dominican Republic's administration supported the process of modernizing the judicial system, making transparent the creation of an independent Supreme Court of Justice.

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Under Mejia, the Dominican Republic participated in the US-led coalition, as part of the Multinational Brigade Plus Ultra, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, suffering no casualties.

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Dominican Republic promoted various commercial measures, popularly called "Economic Package".

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Dominican Republic was succeeded by the opposition candidate Luis Abinader in the 2020 election, marking the end to 16 years in power of the centre-left Dominican Liberation Party .

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Dominican Republic has a tropical rainforest climate in the coastal and lowland areas.

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Dominican Republic is a representative democracy or democratic republic, with three branches of power: executive, legislative, and judicial.

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Dominican Republic defeated Miguel Vargas Maldonado, of the PRD, who achieved a 40.

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Dominican Republic has a close relationship with the United States, and has close cultural ties with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and other states and jurisdictions of the United States.

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The Dominican Republic is a regular member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

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Dominican Republic has a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua via the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

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The President of the Dominican Republic is the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Dominican Republic and the Ministry of Defense is the chief managing body of the armed forces.

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In 2018, Dominican Republic signed the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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The Dominican Republic has a stock market, Bolsa de Valores de la Republica Dominicana .

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Dominican Republic has a noted problem of child labor in its coffee, rice, sugarcane, and tomato industries.

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Some slaves in the Dominican Republic are held on sugar plantations, guarded by men on horseback with rifles, and forced to work.

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Dominican Republic peso is the national currency, with the United States dollar, the Euro, the Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc accepted at most tourist sites.

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The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean.

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Dominican Republic has a rapid transit system in Santo Domingo, the country's capital.

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Dominican Republic has a well developed telecommunications infrastructure, with extensive mobile phone and landline services.

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The Dominican Republic became the second country in Latin America to have 4G LTE wireless service.

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In November 2009, the Dominican Republic became the first Latin American country to pledge to include a "gender perspective" in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government.

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Haitian Creole is the largest minority language in the Dominican Republic and is spoken by Haitian immigrants and their descendants.

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The Dominican Republic is ranked 2nd in Latin America and 23rd in the World on English proficiency.

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The Dominican Republic has two Catholic patroness saints: Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia and Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes .

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Haiti is the neighboring nation to the Dominican Republic and is considerably poorer, less developed and is additionally the least developed country in the western hemisphere.

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The Dominican Republic was ranked 93rd in the Global Innovation Index in 2021, down from 87th in 2019.

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Dominican Republic has become a trans-shipment point for Colombian drugs destined for Europe as well as the United States and Canada.

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Money-laundering via the Dominican Republic is favored by Colombian drug cartels for the ease of illicit financial transactions.

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The Dominican Republic responded with increased efforts to seize drug shipments, arrest and extradite those involved, and combat money-laundering.

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Dominican Republic art is perhaps most commonly associated with the bright, vibrant colors and images that are sold in every tourist gift shop across the country.

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Dominican Republic artists were focused on breaking from previous, academic styles in order to develop more independent and individual styles.

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New 21st century Dominican Republic writers have not yet achieved the renown of their 20th century counterparts.

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Indigenous peoples of the Dominican Republic have had a significant influence on the architecture of the country.

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Lately, with the rise in tourism and increasing popularity as a Caribbean vacation destination, architects in the Dominican Republic have now begun to incorporate cutting-edge designs that emphasize luxury.

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Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for the world popular musical style and genre called merengue, a type of lively, fast-paced rhythm and dance music consisting of a tempo of about 120 to 160 beats per minute based on musical elements like drums, brass, chorded instruments, and accordion, as well as some elements unique to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, such as the tambora and guira.

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Merengue became popular in the United States, mostly on the East Coast, during the 1980s and 1990s, when many Dominican artists residing in the U S started performing in the Latin club scene and gained radio airplay.

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Dominican Republic studied under the leading Spaniard designer Cristobal Balenciaga and then worked with the house of Lanvin in Paris.

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Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero, and David Ortiz are the only Dominican Republic-born players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In 2013, the Dominican Republic team went undefeated en route to winning the World Baseball Classic.

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Tito Horford, his son Al, Felipe Lopez, and Francisco Garcia are among the Dominican Republic-born players currently or formerly in the National Basketball Association .

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