A map of the Dominican Republic The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola (which it shares with Haiti), in the Greater Antilles. Much of the country is mountainous. In the north is the fertile Cibao Valley, where farmers grow rice, coffee and cacao. In the southwest is a large saltwater lake, Lago Enriquillo. White sandy beaches and swampy mangrove lagoons line the coast. Regularly struck by hurricanes, the country has a tropical climate.
People and economy
The Dominican Republic is a much wealthier country than its neighbour, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have moved here in search of jobs, health care and better living conditions. The Dominican Republic’s strong economy has also attracted migrants from Jamaica, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries.
Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. It was also where the New World's first university, first cathedral and first castle were founded.
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