11 FASCINATING Facts about the Dominican Republic
Updated: Jan 6, 2022
When we talk about the Dominican Republic we imagine its incredible beaches, excellent weather and delicious food, but that is not all that this beautiful destination offers us, it is also full of history and interesting things to know about it.
If you are planning your wedding on this paradisiacal island, we leave you here 11 interesting facts with which you can impress your guests.
1. The Dominican Republic is the 86th most populous country in the world.
The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean. While populations rise by the day, the current population of the Dominican Republic is roughly 10,933,985 people. The Dominican Republic accounts for 0.14% of the global population.
2. Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic.
The city capital of the Dominican Republic is the oldest European settlement in the Americas. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, Santo Domingo hosted the first colonial rule of the Spanish Crown in the New World. A city of firsts, it hosts the first Cathedral, the first municipal building and the first university in the New World.
3. The country is a presidential republic, it is ruled by a president and has a representative democracy.
The President of the Dominican Republic functions as both the head of the government and head of the multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in the bicameral National Congress. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislatura.
4. The first president of the Dominican Republic was Pedro Santana, who was elected in 1844.
The current Dominican president is Luis Abinader. He was elected in 2020.
5. It is illegal to kiss a woman in front of a police officer.
Kissing in public in the Dominican Republic could land you in trouble. … If you feel like displaying affection in public, rather not as it is illegal in the country to kiss in front of a police officer.
6. The Dominican Republic has the second largest number of major league baseball players after the United States.
The Dominican Republic leads MLB with 83 players on the list of Opening Day rosters. Alex Rodriguez is perhaps one of the most well-known players associated with the Dominican Republic. Juan Marichal is the only Dominican player who is a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
7. Before Haiti and the Dominican Republic were formed, the island was a single nation called Hispaniola.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the island during his first voyage across the Atlantic in search of a new route to India for the trade of spices. Aboard his flagship, the Santa Maria, Columbus reached the north coast of the island.Today, Haiti occupies the western three eighths of the island, while the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern five eighths. The Independence Day of the Dominican Republic is celebrated on 27 February every year, the day when it got its independence from neighboring Haiti.
8. The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world to have a picture of the Bible on its flag.
Along with the national anthem and the coat of arms, the flag is one of Dominican Republic’s national symbols. The blue stripe on the flag represents freedom, the white represents salvation and the red stripe stands for the blood of héroes who fought for the independence. The bible is open to the Gospel of John chapter 8, verse 32, which reads: “And the truth shall make you free”. The flag was designed by Juan Pablo Duarte and was adopted in 1844.
9. Defy gravity in Barahona.
In the southwestern part of the Dominican Republic, there is a town called Polo. There you can go challenge gravity at the Magnetic Pole (El Polo Magnético). If you stop your car in neutral gear downhill, your car will roll up! As cool as it sounds, this is what’s called a gravity hill. This is caused by an optical illusion that has to do with the shape of the road and the landscape.
10. The highest point in the Dominican Republic is Pico Duarte.
Duarte Peak, originally known as Mount Loma Tina and then as Trujillo Peak, rises to 10,417 feet (3,175 m); it is thus the highest peak in the West Indies. The rugged, heavily forested slopes of the cordillera have defied all but a few attempts to build through highways. Settlement is sparse. Sir Robert H. Schomburgk was the first person to climb Pico Duarte, in 1851.
11. Between December and March, you can spot humpback whales on the shores of the Dominican Republic.
Every year, the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, the Bay of Samaná, welcomes between 2,000 and 3,000 of giant humpback whales. They migrate from the north Atlantic to the warm Dominican waters for calving and breeding as their newborns don’t have enough fat to survive the cold winter waters up north. They stay until March before returning to their summer feeding grounds between North America, Greenland, and Iceland.
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By Veronica Rodriguez