Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic

Capital Santo Domingo
Government Presidential republic
Language Spanish (official)
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
President Danilo Medina Sánchez
Area 18.704 sq mi
Population 2012 10.464.474
Currency Dominican 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.