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The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola. The country is mountainous, but despite having the highest mountain on the island and in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte (3,175 meters), it is less mountainous than Haiti. Within a system of widespread food production are large sugar and fruit plantations. The Republic has built up its tourist trade, and has much to offer in the way of natural beauty, old colonial architecture, attractive beaches, modern resorts and native friendliness. Its population is mostly a mixture of black, white and mestizo, and is Spanish-speaking.

The Dominicans are a mixture of black, Amerindian or mestizo and white, with a strong European strain. These English terms should, however, be qualified: ‘blanco’ (white) refers to anybody who is white, white/Indian mestizo, or substantially white with either or both Indian or African admixture; ‘indio claro’ (tan) is anyone who is white/black mixed, or a mestizo; ‘indio oscuro’ (dark Indian) is anyone who is not 100 percent black (ie with some white or Indian admixture); ‘negro’ is 100 percent African. Negro is not a derogatory term. There is a certain aspiration towards the Indian; this can be seen not only in the use of the original name for the island, Quisqueya (and Quisqueyanos), but in place names (San Pedro de Macorís, from the Macorix tribe, the other Indian inhabitants being the Taino and the Ciguayo) and in given family names (Guainorex, Anacaona, etc). Unlike in Haiti, the Dominicans’ culture and language are Hispanic and their religion Roman Catholic. Economically, the country is much more developed, despite a stormy political past and unsavory periods of dictatorship, particularly under Generalísimo Trujillo (1930-61). Nevertheless, in a material sense the country prospered during the Trujillo era and the standard of living is much higher than it is in Haiti. Click here to go to Dominican Republic web site.



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