Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

 

Located on the eastern two-thirds of the second largest island in the region, “Hispaniola” is located in the Antilles archipelago and is the perfect paradise on which to vacation in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic occupies two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. It is located between the Atlantic ocean (to the north) and the Caribbean sea (to the south), forming part of the tropic of Cancer. Its borders to the east include the Mona Passage, making it an ideal fishing destination. And to the west, is the Republic of Haiti. Dominican culture is as varied and colorful as the land itself. This culture was created from a legacy of races that came together in the country’s development forming the basis of the cultural and social identity of the people.A variety of ethnic groups came together in the fascinating development of the Dominican Republic’s (DR) history forming its unique and lively culture. European, African and to a lesser extent, indigenous Taino Indians’ influence are interwoven and expressed in the country’s art, music, gastronomy, sport, and religion all of which make up the identity of the Dominican people. With regard to gastronomy, the country possesses a rich and multi-faceted culinary history, having been influenced by Spain, France and many other corners of the world, giving rise to Dominican food with delicious tastes and aromas. In the early formation of the country, before much exploration and integration occurred, the main ingredients on the Dominican menu were rice, meat, beans, plantains and vegetables, as well as fish and sea food and others. These are still Dominican staples today, and give shape to the recipes that adorn the country’s tables on a daily basis.

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History

The Dominican Republicis rich in culture, history and beauty. The walls and the cobblestones streets of its emblematic Colonial City bear witness to the richness of its past as the first city founded in the Americas. It was more than 500 years ago that the Dominican Republic began to write its history. The island was first inhabited by the Taino Indians, one of the most peaceful peoples of the continent, who lived through hunting, fishing and agriculture. Then on December 5, 1492, Admiral Christopher Columbus arrived on the island and named it Hispaniola, an act which determined the meeting of two cultures and which later made Santo Domingo the first city in the Americas……Read More

Geography

Located on the eastern two-thirds of the second largest island in the region, “Hispaniola” is located in the Antilles archipelago and is the perfect paradise on which to vacation in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic occupies two thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. It is located between the Atlantic ocean (to the north) and the Caribbean sea (to the south), forming part of the tropic of Cancer. Its borders to the east include the Mona Passage, making it an ideal fishing destination. And to the west, is the Republic of Haiti. Its geographic coordinates are 17º 36’- 19º 58’ latitude north and 68º 19’-72º 01’ latitude west…..Read More

Historical and Cultural Sites

The Dominican Republic(DR) has a rich and storied history that traces back over thousands of years to the times of the Taino Indians. Following the island’s discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Republic had epic interaction with the Spanish, French, Haitians and Africans. Because of this blending of diverse cultures, today the DR boasts an impressive collection of historic sites and cultural relics from centuries past. The country has done a magnificent job of maintaining and preserving these artifacts as well as the historical structures in which they’re housed. Visiting the DR’s major cities, especially Santo Domingo, tourists can easily become engrossed in the historical legends that accompany some of the oldest museums and archaeological sites in the New World……Read More

Culture

Dominican cultureis as varied and colorful as the land itself. This culture was created from a legacy of races that came together in the country’s development forming the basis of the cultural and social identity of the people. A variety of ethnic groups came together in the fascinating development of the Dominican Republic’s (DR) history forming its unique and lively culture. European, African and to a lesser extent, indigenous Taino Indians’ influence are interwoven and expressed in the country’s art, music, gastronomy, sport, and religion all of which make up the identity of the Dominican people. With regard to gastronomy, the country possesses a rich and multi-faceted culinary history, having been influenced by Spain, France and many other corners of the world, giving rise to Dominican food with delicious tastes and aromas……Read More

Dominican Republic Marinas

The Dominican Republic(DR) has one of the most expansive coastlines in the Caribbean with nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 meters) of diverse coastal environments ranging from desert to lush coconut palm forests. Regardless of where visitors choose to drop anchor, grand mountain backdrops, white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters are sure to meet them. In the last several years, the DR has more than doubled the number of full-service marinas, some with unique features never before available in the Caribbean……Read More

Music

The Dominican Republic offers great diversity and a wealth of rhythm, harmony and instrumentation in its musical culture. Within the most representative genres, merengue comes in first place, followed by the bachata and the “son”, songs with a lively danceable beat. Merengue is the Dominican national dance par excellence. Its origins coincide with the nation’s birth and developing identity and culture. Its influences are Spanish, African and indigenous, and its words are the narrations of daily life in the country. Merengue’s basic musical formation is made up of the “cuatro” a four-stringed guitar, the “guiro” a percussion instrument,and the tambourine. In 1870, the “cuatro” was replaced by the accordion, with the saxophone, the bass and the piano also appearing later…….Read More

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