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Learn more about Dominican Republic.
Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Population: 8,833,634 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Santo Domingo
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An Introduction to Dominican Republic
Explored and claimed by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492, the island of Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821, but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative, rule for much of its subsequent history was brought to an end in 1966 when Joaquin BALAGUER became president. He maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. The Dominican economy has had one of the fastest growth rates in the hemisphere over the past decade.

Dominican Republic map

Map of Dominican Republic ( Location ) : 19 00 N, 70 40 W, Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti. For additional reports and educational information specific to Dominican Republic, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Dominican Flag
A centered white cross that extends to the edges divides the flag into four rectangles - the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue; a small coat of arms featuring a shield supported by an olive branch (left) and a palm branch (right) is at the center of the cross; above the shield a blue ribbon displays the motto, DIOS, PATRIA, LIBERTAD (God, Fatherland, Liberty), and below the shield, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA appears on a red ribbon.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Dominican Republic.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.33%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 65.98 yrs - Male
    • 69.35 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 901,800 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 770,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 1,440,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .do

Did you know ... People from Dominican Republic are called Dominicans
 

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