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Merengue Music and Dance History

Merengue Music and Dance History | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The merengue is the national music of the Dominican Republic. The music of the merengue is like the folk music common to the Dominican Republic. The merengue is more about the dance steps. During the dance the legs of the dancers look like egg beaters. The name comes from the way you make merengue.

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Santo Domingo

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Santo Dominigo is one of the oldest cities in the "New World" when the Americas were discovered in the 1500s. The Castle of Colombus is located in Santo Domingo. The Castle of Colobus was built by Deigo Colombus, Chirstopher Colombus' son. The Cathedral Basilica Santa Maria la Menor is the oldest and first cathedral in the "New World". The stone Cathedral was also laid by Deigo Colombus, in 1514.

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Currency & Exchange

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The Dominican Republic uses pesos. They use the Dominican Peso (DOP). One DOP is worth $0.0249377 U.S. dollars. One dollar from the United States is worth 40.1000 DOP. The DOP is circulated in one and five peso coins. The DOP is also circulated in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 2000 paper notes.

 

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Tourists Attractions

The Dominican Republic is a great tourist destination. The Dominican Republic is surrounded on three sides with water. The Caribbean Ocean side of the island has crystal blue water and white sandy beaches, the perfect spot to vaction. They also have tropical rainforests, which is great for the tourism. Tourism is one of the most important industries in the Dominican Republic.

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Important Holiday

An important holiday in the Dominican Republic is Fiesta Patronales. The celebrations are held in honor of the Patron Saint. Each town has their own festival. The date of the festival is up to the town. The celebration starts by the townspeople carrying around a wooden image of the Patron Saint all over the town.

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Industries important to country

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The main industry for the Dominican Republic is tourism. Another important industry is sugar processing. The Dominican Republic grows and processes its own sugarcane. Ferronickel and gold mining are also industries in the Dominican Republic. Two other industries are cement and tobacco.

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Typical Food

In the video it said that there is alot to learn about the food in the Domocratic Republic. From the video I learned they eat a lot of sea food. The country is surrounded by water on three sides, so they eat alot of sea food. They also eat tropical fruits, because it is warm weather so it is easy to grow fruits. They eat rice and other spanish type foods as well.

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Type of Government

Type of Government | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The Dominican Republic has a domocratic republic government system. Like the United States they have a legislative, judicial, and executive branch. They have a bicameral congress which consists of the Senate (Senado) and the House of Representatives (Camara de Diputados). The judicial branch is the Supreme Court (Corte Suprema). The executive branch is the president who serves as both chief of state and head of government, the vice president, and the Cabinet, who is nominated by the president. The government in the Dominican Republic is much like the government in the United States.

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President or Leader

President or Leader | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The president is Danilo Medina Sanchez. He has been the president since August 16, 2012. The vice president is Margarita Cedeno de Fernadez. The president is the chief of state and the head of government. The last election took place on May 20, 2012. President Danilo Medina Sanchez won the election by 51.2%.

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Population and Racial Deomographics

Population and Racial Deomographics | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The population as of july 2012 is 10,088,598. The population growth is 1.305%. 11% of the people are black. 16% of the people are white. 73% of the people are mixed.

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Map of Country

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The Dominican Republic is bordered by Haiti. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share an island. The island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The capitol of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo. To the east of the Dominican Republic is the island of San Juan.

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Humpback Whales in Samana

Humpback Whales in Samana | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

Every year from January to March the Humpback whales return to the Dominican Republic to mate and give birth. On average 3 to 5 thousand return every year. Samana Bay is where most of the whales go. The average total population of humpback whales are about 40,000, which is only about 30% of the original population. A common tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic is Whale tours, where you can observe the whales.

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Baseball in the Dominican Republic

Baseball in the Dominican Republic | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The national sport of the Dominican Republic is baseball. Some of the worlds greatest baseball players are Dominican. Historians say that baseball first came to the island in the 1880's. In the 1950's Domininican baseball players started migrating to the United States to play baseball. 420 Dominicans have played in the major league baseball.

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Weather

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The average high in Santo Domingo in November is 87 degrees fahrenheit. The average low in Santo Domingo in November is 70 degrees fahrenheit. The average precipitation for Santo Domingo in November is 3.9 inches. The upcoming month of December is going to be a rainy and warm month. The month of December is going to be warm, unlike December in the United States.

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Important People

Important People | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

Amelia Vega was crowned Miss Universe in 2003. Dania Ramirez is an actress who acted in the award winning television series, The Sopranos. Alexandra Cheron is one of the riches persons of Latin origin, she is a Hollywood actress and model. Alex Rodriguez is a professionall baseball player who plays for the New York Yankees. Sammy Sosa was born in the Dominican Republic and played baseball for the Chicago Cubs.

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Timeline

Timeline | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

On December 5, 1942, Columbus discovered Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti). On Feburary 27, 1844, the Dominican Republic launched an uprising and gained independence from Haiti. On November 6, 1844, the first consitution of the new Dominican Republic was signed. On September 22, 1998, hurricane Georges hit the Dominican Republic. On May 20, 2012, the Dominican Republic held its presidential election, where Danilo Medina won with 51% of the vote.

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Typical Crop/Agriculture

Typical Crop/Agriculture | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The Dominican Repubulic has a variety of agriculture products. They grow and process sugarcane. They grow and export coffee, cocoa, and tobacco. They also grow cotton, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, and bananas. They raise cattle and pigs, that produce dairy products and beef.

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Religion

Religion | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The official religion is Catholicism. 95% of the people in the Dominican Republic are Roman Catholic. The other 5% of the population are a mixure of other religions like Judiasm, Islam, and Prodestant/Christian. Their religious beliefs date back to early history when the Spanish colonized the island. Most of the people in the Dominican Republic take practicing their religion very seriously and attend church often and send their children to Catholic school.

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Literacy Rate

Literacy Rate | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

According to the 2002 census, the literacy rate is 87%. Which means 87% of the people age 15 or older can read and write. 86.6% of males can read and write. 87.2% of females can read and write. Out of the world the Dominican Republic is ranked 141 according to their literacy rate in 2002.  

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Area

Area | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

The Dominican Republic is slightly more than twice the size of New Hapmshire. The total area is 48,670 sq km. In comparison to the world this countrt is ranked 132. The land is 48,320 sq km. The water is 350 sq km.

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Flag of Country

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A coat of arms is located in the middle of the flag. The coat of arms features a shield, supported by a palm branch and a laurel branch. Above the shield is a blue ribbon that has the motto: DIOS, PATRIA, LIBERTAD. Which means God, Fatherland, and Liberty. A red ribbon is located below the shield that says: Republica Dominicana. A bible is located in the middle of the shield and is opened to the verse that says "and the truth shall set you free". The blue on the flag stands for liberty, the white stands for salvation, and the red stands for the blood of heroes.

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country name and capital.

country name and capital. | Dominican Republic, Lydia Sprinkle | Scoop.it

My country's name is the Dominican Republic. The capital is Santo Domingo. The Dominican Republic boarders Haiti. The Dominican Republic is surrounded by water on 3 sides. The bodies of water that surround the Dominican Republic are the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

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