The Dominican Republic (Listeni/dəˌmɪnɨkən rɨˈpʌblɪk/; Spanish: República Dominicana [reˈpuβlika ðominiˈkana]) is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba),
The Antilles in Atlantic Ocean In Caribbean, adjacent to the North and Central America is so desired destination for tourists - The Antilles (Antillas). According to its geographical position is divided into the Lesser Antilles and Greater Antilles. Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic belong to the Greater Antilles.
Taíno Indians, a subgroup of the Arawakan Indians, inhabited the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea at the time when Christopher Columbus' arrived to the New World. The Taíno culture impressed both the Spanish (who observed it) and modern sociologists. The Arawakan achievements included construction of ceremonial ball parks whose boundaries were marked by upright stone dolmens, development of a universal language, and creation of a complicated religious cosmology.
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