Dominican Republic Factbook
A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative, rule for much of the 20th century was brought to an end in 1996 when free and open elections ushered in a new government.
Note: The Dominican Republic is not to be confused with Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica), which is a separate country.
Source: CIA World Factbook 2000
(In general, information available as of 1 January 2000 was used in the preparation of this edition.)
Did you know that:
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti?
Baseball is the Dominican Republicís national sport?
The Dominican Republic was the first colony founded by Christopher Columbus?
Julia Alvarez is a famous poet from the Dominican Republic?
Ada Balcacer and Marianela Jimenez Reyes are famous painters from the Dominican Republic?
The capital is Santo Domingo?
The language spoken is Spanish?
The currency is the Dominican Peso?