This country stands out in the Caribbean as one that is really diverse in its geography, with prominent features ranging from scrublands in the desert to mountains, and also enjoy the joys of a coastline that extends many miles. Check out the distinct topography lined as it is with palm trees, lagoons filled with mangroves, dunes and rocky cliffs. The land and the sea are contrasting, distinct features here, and there are parks, inlets and waters where you could catch sight of the humpback whale.
The indigenous people of Taino were the first inhabitants of the country, around the 7th century. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492, making it the first European settlement, a reign that lasted over three centuries, apart from intrusions by Haiti and France. Finally attaining independence in 1821, Dominican Republic’s ruler was overthrown by slave revolts. An 1844 war for independence followed, an internal strife of 72 years. The US extended its occupation between 1916 and 1924. The 1965 civil war was critical in discarding US intervention and leading the path to democracy.
Most of the population speaks Spanish, there is also prevalence of the local dialect, Dominican Spanish. French and English are taught as secondary languages in schools. The cuisine of the country is dominated by African, Taino and Spanish influences. Deep-fried meat, plantains, eggs and cheese make up the popular fare.
Almost 69% of the population are Roman Catholics, 18.2% of the population are Evangelical, and 10.6% of the total are non-religious, while 2.3% practice other religions. Islands, lakes, coastlines, lagoons and mountain ranges make up the diverse landscape here. The region enjoys a temperate climate, the average annual temperature hovers around 25 degree Celsius, though temperatures can soar to about 40 degree Celsius in August. The first two months of the calendar year are the coolest.
This country stands out in the Caribbean as one that is really diverse in its geography, with prominent features ranging from scrublands in the desert to mountains, and also enjoy the joys of a coa...