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    • Located on the island of Hispaniola
    • About 575 miles South-East of Miami, Florida
    • Caribbean Sea to the South
    • Atlantic Ocean to the North
    • Miami, Florida Santo Domingo = 843 miles (1357 km)
    • In the West Indies island group
    • Area of the island is 18,816mi^2
    • Representative Democracy
      • Executive Branch
      • Legislative Branch( 2 houses- senators and deputies)
      • Judicial Branch
    • Constitution created on November 28, 1966 AND amended in 1994 and 2002
    • President
      • Leonel Fernández Reyna
      • Elected for one term of 4 years (can’t be elected consecutive terms)
    • Senators
      • 4 year term
      • 30 seats
        • One for each of the 29 provinces in the D.R. and one for the National District (which can be compared to D.C.)
    • Deputies
      • 4 year term
      • Number of deputies elected depends on the population
      • Each meber represents about 50,000 people
      • Currently 145 members  so population = 7.2 million
    • Judicial Branch
      • System of Law is Civil Law (just like France)
    • Peso
    • 1 Dominican Peso= .027526 U.S. dollars
    • Peso coins come in 1 and 5 pesos
    • Bills come in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 2000
    • Dominican Pesos symbol is RD
    • 1 Dominican peso (RD$) = 100 centavos
      • (from
    • *Most tourist destinations prefer you pay in U.S. dollars
  • Natural Resources
    • Agricultural Resources
    • Sugarcane
    • Coffee
    • Cocoa
    • Tobacco
    • Rice
    • Beans
    • Potatoes
    • Corn
    • Bananas
    • Nickel
    • Bauxite
    • Gold
    • Silver
  • School
    • Failure is very common
    • Ages for attendance are similar to America, except a wider range of ages of students in a class
    • Basic Subjects: math, reading, writing, science
    • Half days of school, instead of full
      • First group= morning until afternoon
    • Second group= afternoon until dinner time
    • To go to high school students must first take a test to figure out their amount of knowledge (or lack there of)  after test you need to pay to get results to show schools
    • All children required to wear uniforms
    • After high school college is an option, but the money used on transportation there and back costs more than actual classes
      • Public colleges
      • Private colleges: VERY expensive which only allows the really wealthy to go there
    • If college isn’t an interest, you can go to medical school right after high school
    • Literacy Rate: 82.1% total, 82.0% male, 82.2% female (1995 est.)
    • (from
    • Families are typically very close and large
    • Men have children from many different women
    • Generations of families will live in a house together
    • Father is the one with the job and wife works in the house and handles the children…Except in poorer communities, wives will clean for wealthy families to help make money
    • Children do most of the jobs around the house
    • Children don’t move out until they are married
    • In poorer areas girls get married very young
    • Life Expectancy: 71.34 male, 75.64 female (2001 est.)
      • (from
    • Punta Cana
      • Eastern tip of island
      • Resorts, golf courses, and beaches
    • Higuey- Basilica of Our Lady (Basilica de Nuestra Senora)
      • Center for religious activity on the island
      • Amazing architecture
    • Bahia de La Jina
      • Bay on the north coast
      • Beautiful views and very scenic
    • Cano Honde Caves
      • Amazing caves
      • Very hard to get to/ into
    • Eastern National Park
      • One of the Caribbean’s largest marine parks
      • Remote beaches
      • Caves
      • Home to amazing wildlife: Dominican birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, coral reef
    • Diego Columbus’ House
      • Christopher Columbus’ son
    • Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Calon)
      • Monument and museum
      • Home of Columbus’ bones
  • History
    • 1492- Island explored by Columbus and named La Española
    • 1496- Santo Domingo was founded (now the oldest European settlement in the Western hemisphere)
    • 1822- Haitians conquer the island
    • 1844- Juan Pablo Duarte drove them out and Dominican Republic was deemed an independent state
    • *Duarte was later named the Dominican hero of independence
    • 1861- Dominicans returned to the Spanish empire
    • 1865- Dominican independence restored
    • 1916- United States helped Dominicans form a military government
    • 1930-1961- Rafaél Leonides Trujillo Molina established a dictatorship
    • 1962- Juan Bosch elected president; first time democratically in 4 decades
      • Elections have remained democratic since
  • Food
    • Lots of fresh fruits
    • Fish is widely consumed because the proximity to the sea(s)
    • Fried foods are very commonly seen (main method of cooking food)
    • Foods most eaten are beans and rice
    • Most food is cooked on stoves, but many families don’t have them so they cook over a fire
    • Traditional dish is “La Bandera”, (which mean the flag) contanes rice, beans, meat, vegetables, and fritos verdes
    • “ The Dominican Sancocho is a cooking imitative of the Spanish cocido (stew), and each region of the country has its special way of preparing it.” (
  • Leah Miller
    • Foundation For Peace
    • Santo Domingo
    • January 2- August 17
    • Teaches English and works with the poorest communities in the D.R.
    • Works in the Haitian tent cities and field hospitals since earthquake
    • Has to be careful when in public
    • Runs church services in the communities
    • (there are pictures on the glogster of her service on
    • Palm and Easter Sunday)