Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic was discovered by Chritopher Columbus during his first trip in 1492, making it the oldest country of the Americas. They also have lighthouse named Columbus lighthouse to mark the event of European arrival in Americas.

The Godfather II, Jurassic Park, and Pirates of the Caribbean are some of the movies in filmed in here. Probably because it is beautiful and one of the most loved tourist destination in caribbeans.

More about Dominican Republic:

ContinentNorth America
Area48,442 sq. km (131st in the world)
Capital CitySanto Domingo
Official LanguageSpanish
Father of NationJuan Pablo Duarte y Díez
CurrencyDominican Peso
National FlowerBayahíbe Rose
National AnimalThe Palmchat
National BirdThe Palmchat
National DishLa Bandera
National SportsBaseball
Dominant ReligionCatholic
Population11.4 million (2023)
Per Capita Income10,121 USD (2022)

Short History:

So, back in the day, the Taíno people were chilling on the island when Columbus showed up in 1492. Fast forward, the Spanish colonization extravaganza begins, and the island becomes a hotspot for sugarcane, pirates, and all things Caribbean.

The 19th century rolls around, and the DR is in the middle of a love-hate relationship with Haiti. They go from being BFFs to frenemies, with a bit of fighting over who gets the last piece of mangu.

Cue the mid-1800s, and Dominicans are like, “Adiós, España!” They declare independence but end up in a bit of a love triangle with Haiti and Spain. Drama, drama, drama.

Then, Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founding fathers, steps in, and the Dominican Republic finally gets its act together. There’s still a dash of U.S. intervention and a sprinkle of political chaos, but hey, that’s the Caribbean for you.

Fast forward to the 20th century, and Trujillo takes the stage. He’s like the dictator extraordinaire, ruling with an iron fist and a thing for monuments with his name on them. Things get spicy when some folks decide they’ve had enough, and boom – Trujillo’s out.

The latter half of the century is a mix of political shenanigans, economic ups and downs, and merengue parties. The DR becomes a go-to spot for beach lovers and a baseball powerhouse.

Today, the Dominican Republic is still grooving to merengue beats, sipping on mamajuana, and juggling its rich history with the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean. ¡Vamo’ allá, mi gente!