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  • Dominican Republic Español 2012-2013 Señorita Kent
  • Location • island in the Caribbean Sea • Shares the island of Hispañola with Haiti • Caribbean Sea on the south coast • Atlantic Ocean on the north coast
  • Geography  •  mountains,  valleys,  deserts  •  Cibao  region  •  Pico  Duarte-­‐-­‐tallest  peak  east  of  the   Mississippi  River  •  Rio  Yache  
  • Ci@es  Capital: Santo Domingo 2nd largest city: Santiago de los Caballeros Others: Bonao Puerto Plata Cabarete/Sosua
  • Climate  Tropical  weather  year  round  Northern  areas  rainfall–  October-­‐April  Southern  areas  rainfall–  May  –  November    winter  season—November  –  April  summer  season  –  May  –  October   Hurricane  season:  June  –  November  
  • Religion  •  95%  Roman  Catholic  •  5%  Protestant/Other  
  • Culture  •  The  complex  heritage  of  Arawak,  Spanish,  African,  and  French  tradi@ons,   plus  an  early  independence,  set  the  Dominican  Republic  apart  from   other  Caribbean  islands.  Independence  was  won  before  slavery  was   abolished  in  the  Spanish  Caribbean  and  a  century  before  the   decoloniza@on  of  the  other  islands.  The  Dominicans  consider  themselves   more  La@n  American  than  Caribbean.  In  addi@on,  they  retain  close  @es   with  the  United  States,  which  occupied  the  island  in  the  early  twen@eth   century.  The  na@onal  community  is  struggling  to  build  a  democracy   against  a  corrupt  and  authoritarian  poli@cal  elite.  hWp://www.everyculture.com/Cr-­‐Ga/Dominican-­‐Republic.html#ixzz2A87LjfTA  
  • Ethnicity  •  Taino  •  Spanish  •  European  •  Arab  •  African    •   mulaWoes  –African/European  mix      indio  claro  –  lighter  skin      indio  oscuro  –  darker  skin  85%  Afro-­‐descendants  (55%  MulaWo  and  30%  Black),    15%  White    also  includes  some  Asians,  Arabs  and  others.  
  • People  
  • Language  •  Spanish  is  the  official  language  and  is  universally  spoken.  Dominicans  pride   themselves  on  the  purity  of  their  Spanish  and  it  is  considered  by  some  to  be  the  most   classical  Cas@lian  spoken  in  La@n  America.  Nevertheless,  Dominican  Spanish  has  a   dis@nc@ve  accent  and  incorporates  numerous  African  and  Taino  (na@ve)  expressions.   For  example,  small  rural  houses  are  now  called  bohios,  afer  the  rectangular  houses   of  the  Tainos.  A  large  number  of  place-­‐names  as  well  as  social  and  cultural  terms  are   inherited  from  the  Tainos.  Some  English  is  spoken  in  Santo  Domingo,  par@cularly   within  the  tourist  industry.  Some  Creole  is  spoken  near  the  Hai@an  border  and  in  the   sugarcane  villages,  where  many  Hai@an  workers  live.     =  hWp://www.everyculture.com/Cr-­‐Ga/Dominican-­‐Republic.html#ixzz2A886XSlM  
  • Holidays   27 de febrero día de independencia febrero Carnival 6 de enero Día de los Reyes Magos Catholic Holidays
  • Food  •  The  main  meal  is  served  at  midday  and  can  last  up  to  two  hours.  •   La  bandera  (the  flag)  is  a  popular  na@onal  dish;  the  white  rice  and  red   beans  remind  people  of  the  flag  colors,  hence  the  name.  The  third   ingredient  is  meat  (poultry  or  beef),  and  it  is  usually  served  with  fried   plantain  and  a  salad.    •  Another  favorite  dish  is  sancocho,  a  meat,  plantain,  and  vegetable  stew.  hWp://www.everyculture.com/Cr-­‐Ga/Dominican-­‐Republic.html#ixzz2A89A4cTI  
  • Music  •  Bachata  •  Merengue  
  • Government  •  Government.  The  Dominican  Republic  is  divided  into  twenty-­‐nine  provinces,  each  run  by  a  governor  who  is   appointed  by  the  president.  The  president  and  vice  president  and  a  bicameral  Congress  of  thirty  senators   and  120  depu@es  are  elected  by  popular  vote  every  four  years.  The  vo@ng  age  is  eighteen.  A  nine-­‐member   Supreme  Court  is  formally  appointed  every  four  years  by  the  Senate,  but  is  greatly  influenced  by  the   president.    •  Leadership  and  Poli4cal  Officials.  One  of  the  most  influen@al  poli@cal  par@es  is  the  Dominican   Revolu@onary  Party   and  it  has  a  liberal  philosophy.  A  spin-­‐off  is  the  Dominican  Libera@on  Party   and  it  is  considered  even  more  liberal.  A  conserva@ve  group  is  the  Revolu@onary  Social  Chris@an  Party   (PRSC).  Unfortunately,  many  people  aspire  to  be  elected  to  government  posi@ons  so  that  they  can  obtain   bribes.  Each  @me  government  salaries  are  cut,  the  corrup@on  in  government  grows.  Also,  government   contracts  are  awarded  to  business  in  return  for  money  paid  directly  to  the  official  who  makes  the  decision.   President:  Danilo  Medina  hWp://www.everyculture.com/Cr-­‐Ga/Dominican-­‐Republic.html#ixzz2A8A71oHY  
  • Economy  •  Currency:  peso  •  Tourism  and  agriculture  
  • Sports  •  beísbol  •  baloncesto  •  voleíbol