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Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

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Country (long form) Dominican Republic
Capital Santo Domingo
Total Area 18,814.76 sq mi
48,730.00 sq km
(slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire)
Population 8,581,477 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 14,922,735
Languages Spanish
Literacy 82.1% total, 82.0% male, 82.2% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 95%
Life Expectancy 71.34 male, 75.64 female (2001 est.)
Government Type representative democracy
Currency 1 Dominican peso (RD$) = 100 centavos
GDP (per capita) $5,700 (2000 est.)
Industry tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
Agriculture sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs
Arable Land 21%
Natural Resources nickel, bauxite, gold, silver
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The Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic, a country occupying the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles of the West Indies.

History of Dominican Republic

Hispaniola was inhabited by Arawak Indians when Christopher Columbus landed there on his first voyage in 1492.