Dominican Republic occupies the eastern side of the Hispaniola Island while Haiti is on the western side of the island!
When Christopher Columbus discovered this island, he felt in love with its exuberant tropical beauty, sea waters, rivers, mountains!!! What the poor, innocent Taino indians who lived happily on the Hispaniola island, didn’t know was that the arrival of these Spanish conquerors would mark their destiny, no matter how they resisted, only a few of them would survive the mistreatment, diseases and heavy work they had to do. So the Spaniards realized these Indians were not strong enough and decided to bring Africans to the Hispaniola to help the Indians and do heavy jobs.
The Spaniards brought their culture, the Taino Indian and the African had their own cultures and so the Spaniards first mixed with Taino women and then they were attracted by the dark colored skin of the African women and also mixed with them and for sure some Africans must have mixed with Taino women! All these mixture of races, cultures and beliefs gave birth to the Dominican people and their folklore!
We Dominicans love to dance, to make jokes of every situation, to get together and have a good time, to play dominoes, speak loud, we love baseball and follow the Dominican baseball players in every game abroad, we like to put nicknames and this is so common, that when somebody dies, we’ll have to mention the nickname to identify the death person! Beer and rum will always be part of every activity and the soft drinks for the children and oldies! There is always a reason for getting together and celebrate, everybody will gladly cooperate with their share, this can be at home, at the beach, on the countryside, at the river, etc.!
Xmas is the time of the year when families get together, those who are living abroad come to join their loved ones and it is a non-stop celebration, joined by friends and neighbors!!
If the Dominican government wants to avoid a national hysteria, eggs, salami, chicken, plantain, rice, coffee and red beans must be always available!
The Dominican Republic was occupied from 1822 to 1844 by Haiti and had thirty years of dictatorship from 1930 to 1961 lead by Trujillo, followed by a revolution in 1965 as well as some other difficult experiences, through which the Dominican people learned to cope with every situation and make the best of the worst, to keep smiling and carry on, not to worry be happy no matter what!
Come and visit the Dominican Republic, you will be enchanted with its breathtaking, secluded beaches, awesome tropical scenery and warm, friendly people, always ready to assist you! Dominican Republic has it all!!