10 Interesting facts about the Dominican Republic

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about the Dominican Republic, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. The Dominican Republic is part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean, other countries or islands include Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.  Of these, the Dominican Republic is the second largest in area and population, behind Cuba for both.  There are about 9.5 million people living in the Dominican Republic.
  • 2. The western third of the island is the nation of Haiti.
  • 3. Christopher Columbus landed on it in 1492, becoming the first European settlement in the Americas, specifically the place that is now called Santo Domingo.  Beforehand the area was inhabited by the Tainos since around 650 AD.  Between 1795 and 1802, the French moved in as the Spanish had moved on to other parts of the Americas, lasting until 1808 with a revolt and bringing it back to Spanish influence.  The Dominican Republic gained independence from Spain in 1865.
  • 4. The geography is mountainous, includes the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, as well as the largest lake, Lake Enriquillo.  There are four main mountain regions on the island, including Cordillera Septentrional in the north, the Cordillera Central going southwards and containing the four highest peaks in the Caribbean, the Sierra de Neiba and the Sierra de Bahoruco in the southwest.  Between the mountains is the rich and fertile Cibao valley and the Llano Costero del Caribe (Caribbean Coastal Plain), including four major rivers, the Yaque del Norte, the Yuna River, the San Juan River and the Artibonito river.
  • 5. The language used is Spanish with a local dialect called Dominican Spanish, with influences from African and Arawak languages.  English is taught as a secondary language and Haitian Creole is also used in some communities.
  • 6. The largest city is Greater Santo Domingo with almost 3 million people, followed by Santiago, Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo Norte and Santo Domingo Oeste.
  • 7. The currency used in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (DOP) and the Dominican Republic has the largest economy in Central America or the Caribbean.
  • 8. The cuisine in the Dominican Republic is a mixture of Spanish, indigenous Taino and African influences.  The largest and most important daily meal is lunch, commonly including rice, red beans, a meat (such as beef, pork, chick or fish) and salad.  Taino dishes include Guanimos, or tamales stuffed and wrapped with a banana leaf or cornhusk.   Spanish dishes include Paella using local fish, Chicharron (fried pork rinds) and Empanadas.  African dishes include Mangu, a mashed and boiled plantain.  Other dishes include Mondongo (beef tripe soup), Sancocho (a stew with a mixture of meats or fish along with vegetables such as cassava, corn, potatoes, yautia and yams) and others.
  • 9. Drinks or beverages in the Dominican Republic include Mama Juana, a mixture of rum, red wine and honey soaked in a bottle with tree bark and herbs.
  • 10. There are about 4.3 million visitors or tourists to the Dominican Republic, the most of any country in the Caribbean.

Have your own networks with others in the Dominican Republic

If you regularly share content or work with people in the Dominican Republic, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including Spanish, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in the Dominican Republic, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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