Cultural Explanation. Jordan Allen. Dominican Republic. Is located on the island of La Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.
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French settlers occupied the western end of the island, which Spain ceded to France 1697, and which, in 1804, became the Republic Haiti
The Haitians conquered the whole island in 1822 and held it until 1844, when forces led Juan Pablo Duarte, the hero of Dominican Independence, drove them out and established the Dominican Republic as an independent state.