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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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Country's population:Dominican Republic's population increased to 10,415,000 in 2013, representing an increase of 1.29% since 2012.GPD per capita:The GDP per capita of the Dominican Republic in average, is $9,500 per year.Cost of Living:The cost of living in the Dominican Republic on an average percent is 13.2% on transportation, 14% on restaurants, 6.7% on sports and leisure, 20.7% on rent per month, 4.1% on clothing and shoes, 33.2% on markets, and 8.1% on utilies.Poverty Rate:The poverty rate increased to 41.1% in 2013.Education: Preschool enrollement is around 32%.The high school enrollment rate is of 60%.The drop out rate is 14%.Crime Rate: According to Numbeo, the Dominican Republic is ranked #20 out of 147 countries with a 67.72% crime rate.

Climate: The climate in the Dominican Republic is Tropical most of the year, with an average temperature of 77°F. Since it is located in the Caribbean, hurricanes can occur, and they usually occur between the months of June and November.Nation's Capital: The capital of the DR in Santo Domingo.Top 3 Largest cities: Santo Domingo, Santiago De Los Caballeros, ' San Pedro De Macoris.Major Rivers ' Mountains: The major rivers are Yaque Del norte, Yuna River, Yaque Del Sur, ' Artibonite River. The major mountains are El Pico Duarte, La Pelona, La Rucilla, ' El Pico Yanque.


Nation's Independence:The Independence of the DR took place on February 27, 1844."Two colonies grew on Hispaniola, one Spanish and the other French. Both brought thousands of African slaves to work the land. In 1804, after a 70-year struggle, the French colony gained independence. Haiti, the Taíno name for the island, was the first majority-black republic in the New World.In 1821 colonists in Santo Domingo declared their independence from Spain. Haiti, which had long aspired to unify the island, promptly invaded its neighbor and occupied it for more than two decades. But Dominicans never accepted Haitian rule and on February 27, 1844, Juan Pablo Duarte – considered the father of the country – led a bloodless coup and reclaimed Dominican autonomy. Fearing an invasion and still feeling threatened by Haiti in 1861, the Dominican Republic once again submitted to Spanish rule. But ordinary Dominicans did not support the move and, after four years of armed resistance, succeeded in expelling Spanish troops in what is known as the War of Restoration . (Restauración is a common street name throughout the DR, and there are a number of monuments to the war, including a prominent one in Santiago.) On March 3, 1865, the Queen of Spain signed a decree annulling the annexation and withdrew her soldiers from the island.The young country endured one disreputable caudillo (military leader) after the other. In 1916 US President Woodrow Wilson sent the marines to the Dominican Republic, ostensibly to quell a coup attempt, but they ended up occupying the country for eight years. Though imperialistic, this occupation succeeded in stabilizing the DR." -Lonely Planet. Major event of the 20th century: The government was under the power of the Caudillo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. He had a totalitarian government, and he governed the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961, which was know as "La Era De Trujillo".

Food:The typical Dominican plate consists of white rice, red beans, and meat. The typical breakfast consists of Mangu, served with onions, fried salami, fried eggs, or fried cheese.Music ' Dance:Merengue ' Bachata.



)> 95% of the nation is Roman Catholic/Christian.)> A dollar is $37 Dominican pesos.)> The Dominican ethnicities are 73% mixed (European and African, Taíno), 16% White (Spaniards, French, German, Italians, others), 11% Black.)> The life expectancy is around 69. )> Santo Domingo is the oldest known European settlement in the western hemisphere (founded in 1496).


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