Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic
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FlagCoat of Arms
CapitalSanto Domingo
GovernmentPresidential republic
LanguageSpanish (official)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
PresidentDanilo Medina Sánchez
Area18.704 sq mi
Population 201210.464.474
CurrencyDominican peso

The Dominican Republic is a Hispanic country in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises the eastern two thirds of the Caribbean island Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its capital is Santo Domingo.

Columbus's ship, the Santa Maria, reached the island on Christmas Eve 1492. The settlement there was named "La Navidad".

The Dominican Republic has produced many great baseball players, including Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Pedro Martinez, Jose Reyes and Manny Ramirez.

Further reading



  • Baud, Michael. Peasants and Tobacco in the Dominican Republic, 1870-1930. (1995). 326 pp.
  • Bell, Ian. The Dominican Republic. (1981). 392 pp.
  • Betances, Emelio. State and Society in the Dominican Republic. (1995). 162 pp.
  • Engerman, Stanley L. et al. eds. Between Slavery and Free Labor: The Spanish-Speaking Caribbean in the Nineteenth Century. (1985). 294 pp.
  • Moya Pons, Frank. The Dominican Republic: A National History. (1995). 543 pp.
  • Ruck, Rob. The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. (1991). 205 pp.
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