Dominican Republic History

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The Dominican Republic was founded in the year of 1496 by Diego Columbus, the younger brother to Christopher Columbus. This area became the main base of Spanish activity until the conquest of Mexico. In 1664 the Spanish lost a battle to the French and had to give up the western half of the island known today as Haiti. The island was liberated from Spanish rule by a man named Toussaint L'Ouverture in the 1790s. Toussaint is followed by many people in the rule of Haiti. The most effective of his followers is Boyer. During Boyer's presidency the two halves of the island were forcibly reunited (historyworld). The Dominican Republic makes up the two-thirds of the eastern side of the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic in the West Indies…show more content…
These pesos come in coins as well as paper money. The currency ranges in values of: 1(coin), 5(coin), 10(paper), 20(paper), 50(paper), 100(paper), 500(paper), 1000(paper), and 2000(paper) (hispaniola). The Dominican Republic is led by a man named Danilo Medina. He was sworn in in the year of 2012. He was born on November 10, 1951, and has 7 siblings, of which he is the oldest. Danilo started his political as a student at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo while studying chemical engineering. He was elected into National Congress in 1986 and then was re-elected in 1990 and 1994. He served as the body's President from 1994-95 until resigning 1996. Upon resigning he took the job of Secretary of the president. In the year 2000, he was the presidential candidate for his party but lost to Hipólito…show more content…
The blue ribbon above the shield displays the national motto: God, Fatherland, and Liberty. Below the shield, a ribbon hangs and says República Dominicana on the bottom of the crest. Bible with a small golden cross above it is in the middle of the shield and is also flanked on both sides. Popular belief claims that the pages are opened to the page of John 8:32, which reads, "And the truth shall make you free"
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