Both by area and population the Dominican Republic is the second-largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,445 square kilometres (18,705 sq mi) and nearly 10 million people, one million of whom live in the capital city Santo Domingo.
After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the Dominican Republic became independent in 1821. The ruler, José Núñez de Cáceres, intended that the Dominican Republic be part of the nation of Gran Colombia, but he was quickly removed by the Haitian government and Dominican slave revolts. Victorious in the Dominican War of Independence against Haitian rule in 1844.
The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin America and is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. Though long known for agriculture and mining, the economy is now dominated by services.
International migration affects the Dominican Republic greatly, as it receives and sends large flows of migrants. Mass illegal Haitian immigration and the integration of Dominicans of Haitian descent are major issues.
The island has an average temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F) and great climatic and biological diversity. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.
Coming from the Airport.
This place has no name just a fruit stand on the side of the road, with a blender. Had to stop and get a fresh smoothie.
I see men with guns,
The bus stop’s, us and another bus. More men with guns.
ok here we go, every movie about stuff like this is coming to mind. My PTSD is in high gear. I’m looking around to see what I can grab to cause some damage with.... WTF!!!
In the mean while, All others passengers are at peace. LOL
Ok let me chill. lets see what is really going on. Oh ok, just a check point, Drugs… cool, we are off the dirt road now and moving pretty fast and thats ok with me. LOL.
Lot’s of folks out selling everything from food, sex, money, water…
Military and police are everywhere.
Long bus ride back to Dominican.
We are officially in Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo, DR
More about Dominican Republic coming soon