Dominican Republic

Economy

The Dominican Republic makes more than 4 billion dollars a year just on tourism alone. In 2011, they had about 4.3 million people visit.  Sugar, coffee, cocoa, and tobacco are their major exports.  They also mine lots of nickel and gold, which is an important industry in their economy.

"Dominican Republic: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World.

ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.

Brief History

  The Dominican Republic was discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1492, and it was originally colonized by Spain.  The country occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. Most of the 10.3 million people that live there are of Spanish decent.

"Dominican Republic: Country Overview." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World.

ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.

Climate Region

The Dominican Republic is renowned for the beautiful beaches between Puerto Plata and Cabarete, which plays a big part with their tourism.  The country's interior has many unique features to it also.  The interior has underground rivers, forests, and large mountain ranges.

"Dominican Republic: Landforms & Climate." World Geography: Understanding a Changing World.

ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014

Education

Their main form of education is free for children ages 7 through 14.  People who live in isolation, will have limited access.  Primary school is followed by a two-year intermediate school and a four year secondary course, then you get a diploma called a bachillerato.  Not many people get that degree, only people in the middle to upper-income class.  Most upper-income students then prepare to go to a university.

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