WELCOME TO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

“Dios, Patria, Libertad”

WELCOME TO

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

“Dios, Patria, Libertad”

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A fond welcome to locals and visitors!

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The wonderful Dominican Republic

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

SANTO DOMINGO, THE CAPITAL

Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and is said to be the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population. Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial centre of the Dominican Republic, with the country’s most important industries being located within the city. A true blend of the old and the new. Magnificent historical buildings stand side by side newer suave hotels. Expensive cars fly past horse-drawn carriages. The traditional style buildings have not been replaced and stand amidst the contemporary and modern houses of today.

SANTO DOMINGO, THE CAPITAL

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and is said to be the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population. Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial centre of the Dominican Republic, with the country’s most important industries being located within the city. A true blend of the old and the new. Magnificent historical buildings stand side by side newer suave hotels. Expensive cars fly past horse-drawn carriages. The traditional style buildings have not been replaced and stand amidst the contemporary and modern houses of today.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MUST STOPS:

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ZONA COLONIAL
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Zona Colonial is the historic central neighbourhood of Santo Domingo. This beautiful cobbled stone square mile contains some of the oldest colonial buildings in the Western Hemisphere. Walk through the pretty streets and shady squares for a fantastic cultural experience. It is not a sleepy exhibition are though. It is a real neighbourhood, where families often sit outside their homes and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Shops and restaurants and cafés all add to the atmosphere and they are often build in same colonial style.
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CONSTANZA
‘The Dominican Alps’. The cool uplands of the country’s interior are a world apart, barely 80-km away from the tropical heat of Santo Domingo. Dominated by the towering Cordillera Central, the mountain range that forms the island’s spine, the central region is a nature-lover’s paradise of protected national parks, streams and valleys. The gentle climate encourages crops such as strawberries, and at high-altitudes frosts are not uncommon. The green meadows and pine forests are far from the usual image of the Caribbean, and Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean, dominates the scene.

Information courtesy of readersdigest.ca

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COSTA DEL COCO
Located within Punta Cana, which is one of the fastest growing destinations, the “Coconut Coast”, with its reef-protected white beaches and placid waters, is the country’s undisputed tourist mecca. Some 40 miles (64 km) of uninterrupted beach sweeps up the south-eastern tip of the country, the endless vistas of sea, sand and coconut trees broken only by clusters of low-level hotels and villas. Since the 1980s a bonanza of construction has seen huge self-contained tourist cities rise up along the water’s edge, their varied attractions and facilities cut off from the rest of the world. It is possible, should you wish, to escape the luxury of the hotel enclave and to explore the dramatic beaches – some calm, others wild – that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Information courtesy of readersdigest.ca

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LA ISABELA BAY
Set among some of the country’s most rugged countryside and bordered by magnificent beaches, La Isabela breathes history at the site of the first permanent colonial settlements in the Americas. The bay protects a placid expanse of ocean, while a pristine white beach looks much as it must have done in 1493 when Christopher Columbus decided to establish a town on this spot, named in honour of the Spanish Queen. The excavated ruins of La Isabela give powerful impression of that decisive moment, but it is the situation as much as the archaeological display that makes this place special. An adventurous trek through remote terrain is rewarded by an unforgettable insight into how the course of history was changed.

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History of Dominican Republic

DOMINICAN REPUBLICThe first inhabitants of the island were the Taino Indians, who were peaceful people who spent their time hunting and fishing.  Then on 5th December, 1492, Admiral Christopher Columbus arrived on the island and claimed it for the Spanish monarchy.  Columbus called the island Hispaniola.

For years Hispaniola went through several changes of power.  However, French colonists in the 17th century established a state known as Saint-Domingue (Saint-Dominique) in the western part of the island, which subsequently became Haiti.  In 1795, Spain lost the eastern part of the island to France, leaving the entire island under French power.   However following this, the colony temporarily returned to Spanish hands, until December 1821 when a group of men led by José Núñez de Cáceres declared temporary Independence.  This did not last long because in 1822 the Haitians took over the eastern part of the island by taking advantage of its military and economic weaknesses. This lasted for 22 years.  One of the national flags of Haiti had equal horizontal stripes of blue and red, and it was that flag that formed the basis for the revolutionary banner eventually raised in the Spanish-speaking areas.

Then on 27th February, 1844, Juan Pablo Duarte began the fight for independence. The new Dominican Republic was born.  A new flag designed by Duarte, with a white cross on, to emphasis the Christian heritage was hoisted the next day.  The official flag was established on 6th November 1844. The order of the colours at the fly end was reversed, so henceforth the blue and red would alternate, with the white cross between them.

Information courtesy of godominicanrepublic.com

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The Dominican Republic flag consists of 4 rectangles in red and blue with a white cross in the centre, which extends to the edges. A small coat of arms sits in the centre of the flag.

The blue on the flag stands for liberty, the white for salvation, and the red for the blood of heroes shed during their struggle for independence. The white in the flag is for salvation. The civil ensign follows the same design, but without the charge in the center. The flag was designed by José Joaquín Puello.

BAHAMAS
The coat of arms of the Dominican Republic features a shield in similarly quartered colors as the flag, supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right); above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Homeland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon. In the center of the shield, flanked by six spears (three on each side), the front four holding the national flag, is a Catholic Bible with a small golden cross above it.

The constitution dictates that the Bible be opened to the book of the New Testament, John 8:32, which reads “conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres”, literal translation: “know the truth and the truth will set you free”.

Original Spanish Words

Quisqueyanos valientes alcemos

nuestro canto con viva emoción

Y del mundo a la faz ostentemos

Nuestro invicto glorioso pendón

Salve el pueblo que intrepido y fuerte

A la guerra a morir se lanzó

Cuando en belico reto de muerte

Sus cadenas de esclavo rompio.

Ningun pueblo ser libre merece

Si es esclavo, indolente y servil,

Si en su pecho la llama no crece

Que templo el heroismo viril.

Mas Quisqueya dla indomita y brava

Siempre altiva la frente alzará,

Que si fuere mil veces esclava

Otras tantas ser libre sabra.

English Translation

Brave men of Quisqueya,

Let us sing with strong feeling

And let us show to the world

Our invincible, glorious banner.

Hail, O people who, strong and intrepid,

Launched into war and went to death!

Under a warlike menace of death,

You broke your chains of slavery.

No country deserves to be free

If it is an indolent and servile slave,

If the call does not grow loud within it,

Tempered by a virile heroism.

But the brave and indomitable Quisqueya

Will always hold its head high,

For if it were a thousand times enslaved,

It would a thousand times regain freedom.

BASIC INFO:

  • TIME ZONE:

    Atlantic Standard Time (AST)

  • CAPITAL CITY

    Santo Domingo

  • LANGUAGE

    Spanish

  • INDEPENDENCE

    27th February 1844 from Haiti

  • ETHNIC GROUPS

    European 16%, African origin 11%, mixed 73%

  • POPULATION

    10.3 million (July 2014 est. )

  • NATIONAL DISH

  • CURRENCY

    Dominican Peso (DOP)

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Danilo Medina

President
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Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernández

Vice President

Presidents

HÉCTOR GARCÍA-GODOY

TOOK OFFICE: 03/09/1965 – LEFT OFFICE: 01/07/1966

JOAQUÍN BALAGUER

TOOK OFFICE: 01/07/1966 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/1978

ANTONIO GUZMÁN FERNÁNDEZ

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/1978 – LEFT OFFICE: 04/07/1982

JACOBO MAJLUTA AZAR

TOOK OFFICE: 04/07/1982 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/1982

SALVADOR JORGE BLANCO

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/1982 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/1986

JOAQUÍN BALAGUER

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/1986 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/1996

LEONEL FERNÁNDEZ

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/1996 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/2000

HIPÓLITO MEJÍA

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/2000 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/2004

LEONEL FERNÁNDEZ

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/2004 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/08/2012

DANILO MEDINA

TOOK OFFICE: 16/08/2012 – INCUMBENT

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