The Dominican Republic

By: Tristin Shannon


  • Size in squre miles: 18,704 sq mi
  • Population: 9,760,000
  • Currency: Dominican Peso
  • Democratic republic


  • Sugar cane, coffee, rice, coconuts
  • gold, silver, coffee, cocoa sugar and nickel

Historical Facts

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus visits the island, which he names Hispaniola ( translates as Little Spain)
    1496 - Spaniards set up first Spanish colony and Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus which subsequently served as the capital of all Spanish colonies in South America
    1510 The first shipment of Africans to Santo Domingo
    1515 The indigenous Taino Indians were practically annihilated due to continuos clashes and rebellion against the Spanish
    1586 January 1, Francis Drake attacked the heavily fortified city of Santo Domingo in Hispanola and forced the governor to pay a large ransom
    1697 - Treaty of Ryswick gives Haiti to France and the present Dominican Republic to Spain.
    1793 The first British soldiers came ashore at St. Domingue
    1795 - Spain cedes its portion of Hispaniola island to France
    1808 - Spain retakes Santo Domingo following revolt by Spanish Creoles
    1810 - Overthrow of the king of Spain by Napoleon
    1822 - Haitian Republic is born
    1844 Feb 27 - Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti. Santo Domingo declares its independence and becomes the Dominican Republic
    1916-24 - US forces occupy the Dominican Republic following internal disorder
    1924 - Constitutional government assumes control and the US forces withdraw.

Tourist Attractions and Crimes

  • Cap Cana,
  • San Souci Port in Santo Domingo
  • Moon Palace Resort in punta cana
  • Illegal transportation of colombian drugs.

Would I Visit?

  1. The Dominican Republic has its own currency called the Dominican peso.
  2. Dominicans' greatest passion: baseball. More than five hundred of our ballplayers have been key members of many major U.S. teams.
  3. The national Dominican beer is called Presidente (President).
  4. Yes i would visit because i would love to see the Moon Palace Resort, and the beaches