Dominican Republic

Country Dominican Republic
Capital Santo Domingo
Continent North America(Central America)
Currency Peso(DOP)
Languages Spanish

Santo Domingo

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Introduction

Explored and claimed by Christopher COLUMBUS on his first voyage in 1492, the island of Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930-61. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President (1996-2000) Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was since reelected to a second consecutive term.

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Dominican Republic - Wikipedia
Dominican Republic - CIA World Fact Book
Dominican Republic - BBC
Dominican Republic - Timeline - BBC

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Dominican Republic: Heavy Rains Displace Close to 15,000 People ... - teleSUR English

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Dominican Republic: Heavy Rains Displace Close to 15,000 People ...
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The heavy rains started one week ago, although the northern region of Puerto Plata was also affected by torrential weather last October and November.
Latin American Herald Tribune - Almost 15,000 Homeless due to ...Latin American Herald Tribune

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The Woodlands businessman's trial delayed a third time in ... - Chron.com

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The Woodlands businessman's trial delayed a third time in ...
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The Dominican Republic judges overseeing the trial of a businessman from The Woodlands postponed the case on Tuesday for another month, the third ...

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The Dominican Republic's April Revolution Remembered - teleSUR English

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The Dominican Republic's April Revolution Remembered
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The U.S., with its tentacles deep in Dominican affairs, invaded the Caribbean nation on April 28 and also pressured Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Brazil to send troops. In a matter of days, the U.S. had 23,000 troops in the ...



Mining concessions at risk in Dominican Republic - BNamericas - Business News Americas (subscription)

Mining concessions at risk in Dominican Republic - BNamericas
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Nearly half of mining concessions in the Dominican Republic risk being canceled for failing to comply with regulations. The ministry of energy and mines said in ...

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7 countries are requesting information from the Odebrecht plea deal ... - plus55 (blog)

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7 countries are requesting information from the Odebrecht plea deal ...
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Seven Latin American countries have sent in requests to Brazil's Federal Prosecutor's Office for information from the Odebrecht plea deal.

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Security boosted along Dominican Republic/Haiti border - Jamaica Observer

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Security boosted along Dominican Republic/Haiti border
Jamaica Observer
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) Security along the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has been increased following plans by the United Nations to withdraw is peacekeepers, MINUSTAH from Haiti. On Friday, Defense ...

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Dr. Andrew Moulton performs pediatric spine surgeries in Dominican Republic: 5 highlights - Becker's Orthopedic & Spine

Dr. Andrew Moulton performs pediatric spine surgeries in Dominican Republic: 5 highlights
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Orthopedic Associates, went on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic, according to Herald-Tribune. Here are five highlights: 1. During the week-long trip, Dr. Moulton performed pediatric spine surgeries. 2. Dr. Moulton founded and serves as board of ...



'Unforgivable:' Acquaintances plead for justice after Dominican Republic native found slain in Terrytown - The Advocate

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'Unforgivable:' Acquaintances plead for justice after Dominican Republic native found slain in Terrytown
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Investigators didn't immediately identify or say much about the woman they found in an apartment in the 2100 block of Empire Place. But some who knew her described Gonzalez as a native of the Dominican Republic who had moved to the New Orleans area ...

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Dominican Republic to look into potential Odebrecht cost overruns ... - Business News Americas (subscription)

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Dominican Republic to look into potential Odebrecht cost overruns ...
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BNamericas is the business intelligence tool for Latin America with data, news, analysis and events to identify job opportunities, projects, companies and ...

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Afraid to drive in Dominican Republic, Pirates coach prays for safety - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Afraid to drive in Dominican Republic, Pirates coach prays for safety
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Pirates Latin American pitching coordinator Amaury Telemaco said I pray before I leave my house every day because of dangerous driving practices common in the Dominican Republic. It's 45 miles from my house to this academy. On the most dangerous ...