1. The TSA will hear challenge to tender of tourist terminal of Puerto Plata
  2. The boom for the Chinese tourist illusions Little Rainieri
  3. The cable car returns to work after temporary suspension
  4. Julio Almonte says they work to reduce prostitution that affects tourism in Sosúa
  5. Casa de Campo makes investment to modernize security system
  6. New York-Santo Domingo, the route with the highest passenger flow in the Dominican Republic
  7. Ernesto Veloz appreciates support from the Procurator for the eastern tourist area
  8. Punta Cana takes almost nine out of 10 new tourists
  9. RD closed first semester with 3.4 million tourists by air, 6.1% more
  10. Eastern Authorities applaud signage for water transport
  11. Tourism revenues amount to more than $ US4 million in the first half, 9.0% more
  12. President Medina leaves Rancho Guacamayos ecotourism complex in Bonao
  13. Hotels of the East battle with the sargasso to save occupation
  14. Barahona
  15. Altos de Chavón
  16. Juan Dolio : Sun, beach, and Golf Style Living
  17. Cabarete, the kitesurf,windsurf and surfing capital of the Caribbean
  18. Las Terrenas, a charming town in the north of Samana
  19. Puerto Plata, “La Novia del Atlantico” ( The Girlfriend of the Atlantic)
  20. Metaldom (Metallurgical ) facilities to be replaced by 2,000 condos
  21. Rating upgraded based on Dominican Republic Economic Growth
  22. DP World Caucedo Port announced largest ship to visiting dominican dock
  23. Samana, the full of splendor home of the humpback whales
  24. La Romana
  25. Boca Chica, the traditional Beach of white sand and shallow crystal clear waters
  26. Punta Cana and Bavaro, Population, NightLife and Business Opportunities
  27. Bahia de las Aguilas (Eagles Bay) to build international airport and 3 Rooms
  28. Near 20,000 people visited the Expo Tourism Fair in Santiago
  29. Weather in the Dominican Republic – Facts and Forecasting Information
  30. Flora & Fauna
  31. Dominican Republic Hotels
  32. Art & Culture in the Dominican Republic
  33. History of the Dominican Republic
  34. Tourist Card
  35. Santo Domingo, the capital of the largest Growing Economy in the Region
  36. The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, The First City of the New World
Saturday, December 15, 2018
  1. The TSA will hear challenge to tender of tourist terminal of Puerto Plata
  2. The boom for the Chinese tourist illusions Little Rainieri
  3. The cable car returns to work after temporary suspension
  4. Julio Almonte says they work to reduce prostitution that affects tourism in Sosúa
  5. Casa de Campo makes investment to modernize security system
  6. New York-Santo Domingo, the route with the highest passenger flow in the Dominican Republic
  7. Ernesto Veloz appreciates support from the Procurator for the eastern tourist area
  8. Punta Cana takes almost nine out of 10 new tourists
  9. RD closed first semester with 3.4 million tourists by air, 6.1% more
  10. Eastern Authorities applaud signage for water transport
  11. Tourism revenues amount to more than $ US4 million in the first half, 9.0% more
  12. President Medina leaves Rancho Guacamayos ecotourism complex in Bonao
  13. Hotels of the East battle with the sargasso to save occupation
  14. Barahona
  15. Altos de Chavón
  16. Juan Dolio : Sun, beach, and Golf Style Living
  17. Cabarete, the kitesurf,windsurf and surfing capital of the Caribbean
  18. Las Terrenas, a charming town in the north of Samana
  19. Puerto Plata, “La Novia del Atlantico” ( The Girlfriend of the Atlantic)
  20. Metaldom (Metallurgical ) facilities to be replaced by 2,000 condos
  21. Rating upgraded based on Dominican Republic Economic Growth
  22. DP World Caucedo Port announced largest ship to visiting dominican dock
  23. Samana, the full of splendor home of the humpback whales
  24. La Romana
  25. Boca Chica, the traditional Beach of white sand and shallow crystal clear waters
  26. Punta Cana and Bavaro, Population, NightLife and Business Opportunities
  27. Bahia de las Aguilas (Eagles Bay) to build international airport and 3 Rooms
  28. Near 20,000 people visited the Expo Tourism Fair in Santiago
  29. Weather in the Dominican Republic – Facts and Forecasting Information
  30. Flora & Fauna
  31. Dominican Republic Hotels
  32. Art & Culture in the Dominican Republic
  33. History of the Dominican Republic
  34. Tourist Card
  35. Santo Domingo, the capital of the largest Growing Economy in the Region
  36. The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, The First City of the New World
History of the Dominican Republic

Discovery of the Hispaniola and Colonial Age

Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic was first named La Española owing to its similar characteristics of terrain and climate that it shared with the motherland, Spain. The Dominican Republic lies at 18.7357ºN and 70.1627ºW on the eastern end of Hispaniola whose coasts are washed by the Atlantic Ocean to its north and the Caribbean Sea to its south.

Upon arrival, Columbus encountered and subsequently conquered the indigenous population and a fortress founded on Christmas Day called “La Navidad ” became its first settlement. A few years later, in 1496, the current capital, Santo Domingo, was established which is also the oldest European settlement in the western hemisphere.
In the 16th century the island was introduced to African slavery following the near extinction of the indigenous population and thus sugar plantations and a system of forced labor were introduced which ended in 1822.

Santo Domingo was the main base for Spanish operations in the Caribbean but the settlement was lost to the French who ruled modern day Haiti. After years of conflict between the Spanish and French for the control of Hispaniola, the feud was quelled in 1697 under the treaty of Ryswick which put the western region under French rule and the eastern region under Spanish rule.

Despite this understanding, the Dominican Republic withstood several attacks from the Haitians even after they were granted their independence from France in 1804.
In 1844, The Dominican Republic was finally granted their independence and was headed by dictator President Pedro Santana who was deposed after making the Dominican Republic a province of Spain in 1862.  The following year the people revolted in a war which was dubbed the “War of Restoration”. The Spanish presence withdrew in 1867 and the island fell into a period of political and economic instability and turmoil followed by an intervention by the United States in 1916 and a series of presidents, dictatorships, assassinations, coups, military rule, rigged elections and even a provisional government. Human/Social development was also retarded owing to the aforementioned turmoil and many citizens were disadvantaged as a result.

In the past few years, the economy has been slowly recovering and the island has been under Democratic rule since 1966. Additionally, the Dominican Republic still participates in the sugar, tobacco and coffee industry and like many Caribbean territories has ventured into the tourism industry and telecommunications.

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