República dominicana

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  • Video by Dominicans living in the a bit long, so can stop it early.
  • See documentary Pelotero.


  • 1. Warm Up: La República Dominicana Complete the chart on your handout. What I know about the Dominican Republic What I WANT to know about the Dominican Republic
  • 2. La República Dominicana "Quisqueya"
  • 3. La geografía... It is one of two countries on the island of Hispañola and shares a border with Haiti
  • 4. La historia (breve)... ● La República Dominicana was the first European settlement in the Americas. Christopher Columbus = Cristobal Colón La casa de Colón = Christopher Columbus´House
  • 5. La zona colonial The colonial zone The colonial zone in Santo Domingo, the capital of la Republica Dominicana, was the first city in the Americas!
  • 6. La historia (breve)... ● Before Colón arrived in 1492, the island was inhabited by los Taínos. ● Los Taínos suffered a terrible history at the hands of the Spanish. ● They were forced into slavery by the Spaniards. Due to brutal treatment and disease, the majority of los Taínos died within 50 years. For that reason, there are no indigenous communities on the island.
  • 7. La historia (breve)... ● As a colony, the colony made tons of wealth for the Spanish crown. The main products were sugarcane and tobacco. Slaves were brought from Africa to work on these plantations. A sugar cane field
  • 8. La cultura The culture ● The dominican culture and people have Spanish, African, and Taíno (indigenous) roots.
  • 9. La gente The people ● About 10 million people live in la República Dominicana. ● Also, lots of Dominicans come to the USA. Emigration to the USA is an important theme in Dominican culture. ● In 2010 there were about 1.41 million Dominicans living in the USA, with the highest populations in New York (Nueva York), New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts. To emigrate is to leave your country to reside elsewhere. To immigrate is to enter and reside in a new country.
  • 10. La música: Bachata y merengue La República Dominicana is known for its music and dancing! Two famous musical genres and dance styles that started in la República Dominicana are bachata and merengue.
  • 11. La música: La Bachata Listen to this bachata song and watch the dance. What instruments do you hear? What is the dance like?
  • 12. La música: La Bachata A bachata group has 5 key instruments, and can have more as well! requinto (lead guitar) electric bass guitar rhythm guitar bongos güira
  • 13. La bachata: Del campo al mundo Bachata has very humble origins. It was looked down upon as "low class" from el campo (the "country"). Themes of the song were usually poverty and lost love. Things changed when Dominican American bachata group Aventura hit the scene in Nueva York in the early 2000s. They experimented with new styles and became famous worldwide, bringing bachata to a much wider audience.
  • 14. ¡Aventura en vivo! (live!) "Angelito" What instruments do you see and hear?
  • 15. Juan Luís Guerra "Bachata en Fukuoka" Juan Luís Guerra is one of the Domincan Republic´s most celebrated musicians. This song and video tell a story. What is your interpretation of the story? Write it on your handout!
  • 16. La música: El merengue ● Merengue music has just 2 beats, so they say if you can walk you can dance merengue! The songs can get really fast though! ● How does merengue sound different from bachata? How is it similar?
  • 17. Juan Luís Guerra "Visa para un sueño" Visa for a dream Remember that emigration is an important theme in Dominican culture. Dominicans emigrate to escape poverty and find more opportunities. However, you need a visa to emigrate legally, and they are not easy to get. Listen to this merengue song. What are the people standing in line in the back of the video doing?
  • 18. ¡¡La comida dominicana es deliciosa!! Dominican food is delicious! On your handout, list the foods you see in the video!
  • 19. Carnaval de la Vega
  • 20. Samana
  • 21. Pelota/Béisbol ¡20% of professional baseball players in the USA are from la República Dominicana! Getting signed with the MLB is seen as one way for Dominicans to escape poverty. They begin training full-time at age 13-14 in hopes of getting signed at age 16.
  • 22. ¡Vamos a la República Dominicana! Let´s go to the Dominican Republic! ¡Qué chulería! How cool! If you could go to la República Dominicana, what would you do there? Why? Write your answer!