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Dominican Republic


By: Braden Fair

Punta Cana

This map shows you the location of the Dominican Republic.

Playa Rincon

Train station in Santo Domingo.

Flag of the Dominican Republic.

The absolute location is 18N, 70W.

Basic Info

The overall population of Dominican Republic is 10.65 million.

They have a democratic government.

Santo Domingo is the capital city.

The Dominican Republic overall area is 18,704 square miles.

Landforms

Island

Saona island, one of the largest islands in the Dominican territory.

Lake Enriquillo, one of the lowest points of the Caribbean.  It is also a salt lake.

Salt lake

Pico Duarte, the highest point in all of the caribbean.

Mountain

Climate

      In the Dominican Republic there are two different climate regions.  The first climate region is in red, where the temperatures there can reach up to 85 degrees and down to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  The second climate region is in yellow, where the temperatures there can go down to 50 degrees and reach up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

      The Dominican Republic has wide ranges of rain depending on where you are.  The first climate region is a whitish-blue, where it averages 0 inches of rain per year.  The second is a very light blue, where it can get up to 3.9 inches of rain per year.  The third region is a light blue, and it averages about 9.8 inches per year.  The last region is a very dark blue, and it can get up to 98.4 inches of rain per year.

Climate

Man made features

The Alcazar De Colon palace is the oldest European palace in the Americas.

The Monasterio De San Francisco was set on fire in 1586 and rebuilt.  Then it was devastated by an earthquake in 1673 and rebuilt.  It was hit by another earthquake and rebuilt, then hit by a hurricane and rebuilt again.

A light house made of cast iron and built in 1879.

El Faro

Monasterio De San Francisco

Alcazar De Colon

The total catch for all sea fishing in 2010 was 14,490 tons.

A mahi mahi

Natural resources

2009 estimate of gold mined in the Dominican Republic: 381.4 pounds.

Gold

2011 estimate of nickel mined in the Dominican Republic: 13,528 tons.

Nickel

Industry

They make a lot of coarse grains and soybean type of foods.

Food processing is another big industry.

The mining companies struggled in the 1980s because of the low cost for key minerals.

Mining is one of the big industries in the Dominican Republic.

In 2009 the Dominican Republic exported about 620 metric tons of ferronickel.

Metal refining is another big industry.

Agriculture

The Dominican Republic is the 4th largest producer of sugarcane.

Cocoa beans are the 2nd best selling cash crop.

Cocoa bean

Tobacco

They sold a lot of tobacco in 1978 but in the 1980s sales declined.

Sugar cane

Their primary language is Spanish.

Mangu (plantain mash)

Culture

They have mostly the same holidays as the US.  Yet some are different such as Juan Pablo Duarte day, which is on January 26th.

One of the most common recipes in the Dominican Republic is La Bandera, it is considered the national dish.  It is very colorful and matches the colors of the national flag.  It contains rice, red beans, meat, and salad.  (above)

Sancho (7 meat stew)