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The Dominican Republic. Customs, Lifestyle, and Demographics. By Ruthie Dannehy. Dominican flag. Facts. Population: Approximately 9.5 million Capitol: Santo Domingo (approx. 2.25 million people) Language: Spanish Currency: Peso

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    1. The Dominican Republic • Customs, Lifestyle, and Demographics By Ruthie Dannehy Dominican flag

    2. Facts • Population: Approximately 9.5 million • Capitol: Santo Domingo (approx. 2.25 million people) • Language: Spanish • Currency: Peso • Religion: 95% Catholic • Takes up 2/3 of the island of Hispanoila. Haiti occupies the remaining third of the island. • (“The Dominican Republic Quick Facts”) Santo Domingo

    3. Geography • Natural resources: Nickel, Bauxite, Silver, Gold • Climate: Tropical with little change in seasons • Terrain: Mountainous with fertile valleys and long stretches of coast • Greatest Elevation: Pico Duarte 3,175 meters. • (“The Dominican Republic”)

    4. Geography (continued) • Second largest country in the West Indies after Cuba. • Highest point in the Caribbean is in the Dominican Republic (Pico Duarte) • (“The Dominican Republic”)

    5. Food • Rice is a staple. • Tropical fruits are native to the Dominican so people eat them a lot. • Chicken, pork, beef, and goat are popular forms of protein. • The National Dish is a meat and vegetable stew called Sancocho. • Soda, coffee, juice, beer, rum • (“Dominican Republic: Customs and Lifestyle”) Sancocho

    6. Recreation • Everyone plays dominoes. • People love to gamble. • Baseball is a very popular sport. • Dancing and music is a big part of the culture. People like latin dances, as well as American jazz and Disco. • Concerts and plays are available in cities. • (“Dominican Republic: Customs and Lifestyle”) David Ortiz

    7. Holidays • Day of the Kings: (Jan 6) Day the three kings came to baby Jesus. Kids get presents. • Many religious days honoring saints and religious figures. • Three holidays honoring the independence of the Dominican Republic from Haiti. • Carnaval: (Before Lent) A huge festival including many parades. • (“Dominican Republic: Customs and Lifestyle”) Carnaval

    8. Economy • Middle income country. • Largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America • Good tourism business • High levels of poverty in rural areas. • Top Exports: Textiles, ferronickel, sugar, coffee, tobacco, meats • (“Dominican Republic Country Brief”)

    9. The Dominican Republic Compared to Other Caribbean Countries • Second greatest population- Cuba has the most with approx. 11 million people. (Dominican Republic=9.5 million) • The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. • Highest elevation in the Caribbean: Pico Duarte 3,175 km. • Second biggest area. (DR=48,730 sq km) Cuba has the greatest area at 110,860 sq km • (“Island Facts”)

    10. Works Cited • " Dominican Republic: Customs and Lifestyle". Encarta. Webpage. September 28 2009 <http://au.encarta.msn.com/sidebar_1461501299/dominican_republic_customs_and_lifestyle.html>. • "The Dominican Republic". National Geographic. Webpage. October 4 2009.<http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_dominicanrepublic.html>. • "The Dominican Republic Country Brief". The World Bank. Webpage. September 28 2009 <http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/LACEXT/DOMINICANEXTN/0,,contentMDK:22254906~menuPK:337775~pagePK:149 • "The Dominican Republic Quick Facts". The World Atlas. Webpage. September 28 2009.< http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/caribb/do.htm>. • “Island Facts”.Webpage. October 5 2009. <http://www.caribbean-search.com/fastfacts.cfm>.