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Geography

  • The Dominican Republic makes up the Eastern 2/3rds of the Island of Hispaniola, and Haiti makes up the remaining 1/3rd of the Island. Hispaniola is located South-East of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Varied terrain: rainforest, savannah, and highlands
  • Has the tallest mountain peak in the Caribbean: Pico Duarte

Language

  • The Dominican Republic: Espanol
  • Haiti: Haitian Creole

History

  • Oldest established country in the Americas
  • Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492
  • Colonized by Spain with Columbus's son Diego serving as its first viceroy
  • Only national flag in the world to contain an image of the Bible

People

  • 9,980,243 souls according to the 2015 census
  • 95% Roman Catholic
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