The Dominican Republic is a country located on Hispaniola, an island shared with the neighboring country of Haiti. The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island and is the second-largest Caribbean country at 18,792 sq. miles. The population is estimated to be 10 million people; Santo Domingo is the capital city with around 3 million residents.
This Spanish speaking nation has one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas with the second largest gold mine in the world. The country also boasts the Caribbean’s tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean’s largest lake. The culture is diverse and intense, providing what could be called a dream for avid historians. The Dominican Republic boasts the first cathedral built in the Americas. Tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and trade contribute to building the country’s economy.