Sam Gray Boulder - About The Dominican Republic

Located on the Island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic is a country in the Greater Antilles archipelago region of the Caribbean. The nation of Haiti occupies the western three-eights of the island of Hispaniola. Hispaniola, along with Saint Martin, are the only two Caribbean islands that are home to not one, but two countries. By population and area, the Dominican Republic is one of the largest nations in the Caribbean, only Cuba is larger.

About 10 million people live in the Dominican Republic, and one million of those live in its capital city of Santo Domingo.

Since the 7th century, the island of Hispaniola was inhabited by the Taino people. In the year 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the island and, the island later became the home to the first European settlement in the Americas with the founding of Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo is the oldest city originally founded by the Spanish in the New World.

In 1821, following more than 300 years of Spanish rule, the Dominican Republic became an independent nation. With the ninth biggest economy in Latin America, the country is the largest economy in the Central American region and the Caribbean. While its economy has been widely recognized for its focus on mining and agriculture, it is now dominated by services.

Pico Duarte, the region's largest mountain peak, is located in the nation, which is very geographically diverse. The average temperature of the island is about 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sam Gray of Boulder currently serves in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps.

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