Ten Things You Didn't Know About Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. White sandy beaches, turquoise waters and a heavily 'chilled-out' vibe draws tourists like a magnet to the birthplace of ultra-quickstep dance, the merengue.

But what else is known about the Dominican Republic? Here is our top ten of little known facts:


  1. Dominicans LOVE baseball
    Dominicans love Baseball
    Baseball is a national pastime and great source of pride to Dominicans. Almost 40% of players in US leagues come from the Dominican Republic including Pedro Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Sammy Sosa.

  2. They eat patriotic food
    Dominican Food
    La Bandera, meaning 'the flag' is a traditional meal of stewed meat, red beans and rice. It is served regularly in Dominican households.

  3. The Dominican Republic is home to the oldest cathedral in the Americas
    Dominican oldest Cathedral
    Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor celebrates its 500th anniversary this year. In 1514 Christopher Columbus' son laid the first stone for this cathedral. Since then, it has survived everything from pirate attacks to earthquakes.

  4. Domincans have fast feet!
    Dominicans love to dance
    Merengue is a style of dance developed in the Dominican Republic. Its quick dance steps are matched by equally fast-paced music.

  5. The have a rare flag
    Dominican flag
    The Dominican flag is the only flag in the world that uses the image of a Bible. This coat of arms is at the centre of the flag.

  6. They make plantains taste great!
    Dominican plantains
    Tostones are small fried plantain patties often served as a side dish at meals. Like most other fried foods, tostones are a tasty must-eat treat!

  7. The Dominican Republic is named after a saint
    Dominican Republic is named after a Saint
    Long before their independence the country was called Santo Domingo after Saint Dominic de Guzman, (patron saint of astronomers) and the people were called Dominicans. After they won independence the people called their country La República Dominicana which translates as the Dominican Republic.

  8. Larimar is only found in the Dominican Republic
    Larimar is only found in the Dominicans Republic
    The blue, semi-precious stone called larimar is found only in the Dominican Republic. It most closely resembles turquoise.

  9. The country is older than you think
    Dominican Republic, older than you think
    The capital city, Santo Domingo, has a rich history. Founded in 1496, it is the oldest European settlement in the Americas.

  10. Independence was originally gained from Haiti
    Dominican Independece from Haiti
    Haiti - about half the size of the Dominican Republic and the poorest country in the western hemisphere – used to rule its neighbour. In November 1821 Santo Domingo declared its independence from Spain but two months later, Haiti invaded and took over. The Dominican Republic didn’t become independent until February 27 1844.

 

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