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
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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