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Dominican Republic

  • Spanish: Republica Dominicana



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PlaceTypeAsNotedInArea
PlaceTypeAsNotedInArea
Punta Cana Town
Santo Domingo City

Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1994/05/26 Michael Jackson Groom Lisa Marie Presley secretly weds Michael Jackson during a small, private ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Marriage of Lisa Marie Presley and Micheal Jackson.
1994/05/26 Lisa Marie Presley Bride Lisa Marie Presley secretly weds Michael Jackson during a small, private ceremony in the Dominican Republic. Marriage of Lisa Marie Presley and Micheal Jackson.

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FoodTypeDescription
FoodTypeDescription
Sancocho



Geography »

Physiographic Data
Highest Point: Pico Duarte: 3,175 m
Lowest Point: Lago Enriquillo: -46 m

Information »

Location

Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti - The World Factbook

Data »

Particulars for Dominican Republic:
Locale Type Nation

Data
Demonym: Dominican
Population: 10280000
Government: Representative democracy
Currency: Peso (DOP)
Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 115


History »

The Taino - indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans - divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930 to 1961. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (first term 1996-2000) won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was since reelected to a second consecutive term. - The World Factbook


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