Dominican Republic Facts for Kids
The earth is a fascinating place where you can find beaches and mountains, deserts and and rainforests. There are all kinds animals, birds, canines, felines, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and so much more. There are hot climates and cold climates and climates that change during different seasons. There are more languages and religions than you can imagine.
Basically, the world is incredibly diverse. To truly understand the world around us, it is very important to learn as much as you can about the different places in the world. Learn about the culture, the geography, the people, and the history. Every place on earth has its own fascinating history. One incredible place is the Dominican Republic. If you are interested in learning about the exciting part of the world that is Dominican Republic, this is the place to be. Here, you will find a list of fun and interesting facts about Dominican Republic.
- The national flag of the Dominican Republic is incredibly unique. It is the only flag in the word that has the Holy Bible displayed on it. It is also one of the oldest flags in the world. It was adopted on the sixth (6th) day of November in the year 1844. It has roots in the Haitian flag from the nineteenth (19th) century.
- The Dominican Republic and Haiti was once joined as one entity. At that time, the area was called Hispaniola. The entire island is still called Hispaniola even though the land is now seperated into the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. This means that all official documents, restaurant menus, and street signs are all written in Spanish. Other languages commonly spoken are German, English, Italian, and French.
- There is a cathedral in the Dominican Republic that is believed to be the oldest one in the Americas. This cathedral dates back to the year 1540 and is located in Santo Domingo.
- The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo which is also the oldest city in the “new world”.
- The Dominican Republic gained its official independence on the twenty-seventh (27th) day of February in the year 1844.
- Before gaining its independence, the Dominican Republic was known as Santo Domingo which is now the name of the capital city.
- The main industry of the Dominican Republic is sugar processing.
- Humpback whales visit the island every year between December and March. They can be seen from the north western part of the island at the Bay of Samana.
- Members of the armed forces and the national police are not permitted to vote in the Dominican Republic.
- While tourism has become a big part of the Domincan Republic’s income, their main sources are tobacco, coffee, and sugar.
- The weather in the Dominican Republic remains warm and sunny through the majority of the year. Because of this, the climate is often referred to as an endless summer.
- The first permanent European settlement in the Americas was located in what is now the Dominican Republic.
- The Dominican Republic has the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America. It is also the tenth (10th) largest in Latin America.
- The Dominican Republic was once a headquarters for pirates. Specifically in the seventeenth (17th) century. They used this area to recruit new people to raid Spanish treasure ships.
- The Taino people inhabited the area now known as the Dominican Republic starting in the seventh (7th) century. They were still inhabiting the island when Christopher Columbus landed there on the fifth (5th) day of December in the year 1492.
- The Dominican Republic’s national sport is baseball. Some of the world’s best baseball players are from the Dominican Republic.
- The creation of the style of music called merengue is credited to the Dominican Republic.
- The famous amber stone that has a prehistoric mosquito preserved inside it seen in the popular movie Jurassic Park, is permanently located in the Amber Museum located in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
- There is a gemstone called Larimar or Stella’s Stone that can only be found in the Dominican Republic. It is a rare blue variety of silicate mineral pectolite. The color and shade varies, it can be deep blue, green-blue, light blue, and white.