Dominican Republic Facts and information

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Population: 8, 862, 000 Capital: Santo Domingo; 1, 865, 000 Area: 48, 442 square kilometers (18, 704 square miles) Language: Spanish Religion: Roman Catholic Currency: Dominican peso Life Expectancy: 69 GDP per Capita: U.S. $6, 300 Literacy Percent: 85

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Occupying the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is the second largest country, after Cuba, in the West Indies. This mountainous land includes Pico Duarte—the highest point in the Caribbean. Colonized in 1493 by Spaniards, it offered the first chartered university, hospital, cathedral, and monastery in the Americas. Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.Map: Dominican Republic The nation became independent in 1844, but endured political instability and repressive governments. Today it is a democracy, economically dependent on agriculture and tourism.

ECONOMY

  • Industry: Tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles
  • Agriculture: Sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cacao; cattle
  • Exports: Ferronickel, sugar, gold, silver, coffee
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