The Dominican Republic

Located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic rests in the tropical waters of the Caribbean. With a booming population of nearly 10 million residents, the Dominican is hope to friendly people, great food and some of the best baseball players in the world.

Santo Domingo is the largest city and capitol of this developing lower-middle-income country. Food production remains a major part of the nation's economy, with tourism its fastest-growing industry.

The Dominican Republic is home to a number of "firsts" in North and South America. It is the site of the first permanent European settlement, the first cathedral, the first university, and the first European road.

A list of the Dominican's most prominent sons and daughters includes founding father Juan Pablo Duarte; Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega; actress Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"); baseball stars Albert Pujols, David Ortiz and Sammy Sosa; designer Oscar de la Renta; and artist Camille Pissarro.

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About the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo

Official Language:

Presidential Republic

February 27, 1844 (from Haiti)

18,815 square miles

9.76 million (2007)

$89.87 billion (62nd largest national economy)


Time Zone:
Atlantic (one hour ahead of US Eastern Time Zone)

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