Dominican Republic (real one!)


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Dominican Republic (real one!)

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