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The Dominican Republic
Transcript of The Dominican Republic
Popular travel destinations
Echavarria, Lucien. "History." godominicanrepublic.com. Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. Web. 20 May 2013.
The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic's national flag!
More than 500 years ago the Taino indians were the first to inhabit the island
Toward the end of the 17th century, the French colonized the western part of the island. In 1795, Spain relinquished power of the eastern part of the island to France, leaving the entire island under French power. But the colony eventually returned to Spanish hands.
In 1822 the Haitians took over the eastern part of the island by taking advantage of its military and economic weaknesses. This lasted for 22 years. Then on February 27, 1844, Juan Pablo Duarte began the fight for independence. The new Dominican Republic was born.
February 27th is declared as The Dominican Republic's Independence day. It is a HUGE event where festivals and other activities are held
Some popular deserts include:
uptownco, . "DR Travelogue: The Magnificent Mangu." uptownco.wordpress.com. wordpress, 20 september 2011. Web. 20 May 2013.
Habichuela Con Dulce which is a dish made from red beans and coconut milk, stewed with sugar and cinnamon sticks. Although an odd combination for many, this is a sweet stew that's pureed and strained, and all you're left with is a velvety smooth soup with an earthy flavor and a tropical flair thanks to the coconut milk. Habichuelas con dulce can be served cold or warm depending on your preference.
Then there is Majarete, which is a silky corn pudding sweetened with condensed milk and coconut milk; eggs are used as stabilizers and this pudding is gently baked. Dominican bakers also tend to replace the eggs with gelatin and, instead of baking it, they'll let it set overnight in the fridge. Either way it is served cold with a dash of cinnamon on top.
Rodriguez-Murray, Marnely. "Traditional Dominican Desserts." www.sheknows.com. SheKnows, 12 Mar 2013. Web. 20 May 2013.
Punta Cana is known over the world for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and amazing golf courses. The East Coast beaches of the Dominican Republic's Altagracia province have consistently been ranked as some of the world's best by those who have visited them.
Boca Chica is a delightful hub of activity conveniently located close to Santo Domingo's international airport. Its beach is protected by a reef with beautiful sand and turquoise blue waters, and has become a weekend favorite for local residents of Santo Domingo.
Making Mangu involves the boiling of plantains, and then mashing them with salt and oil. Mangu is usually served with salami or queso de freir, which translates to "cooking cheese". Mangu is a very healthy meal because they have more than 2o times the amount of vitamin A, about three times the vitamin C, double the magnesium and almost twice the potassium as a banana.
With over three million residents, the cosmopolitan city of Santo Domingo is possibly the most vibrant place in the entire Caribbean. Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World, it had the first street, cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas. If you visit you are sure to enjoy the well-preserved ancient city.
Clara, . "Mangu(Mashed Plaintains)." dominicancooking.com. Aunt Clara's Kitchen, 26 Aug 2001. Web. 22 May 2013. <http://www.dominicancooking.com/532-mangu-mashed-plantains.html>.
Creed, Alexander. Dominican Republic. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2001. Print.
Bachata is a popular guitar music that originated in the Dominican Republic. Over the years, talented musicians such as Romeo Santos have helped to gradually modify Bachata and make it more appealing to younger listeners.
Merengue is a fast, two-step dance from the Dominican Republic that emerged around the early 20th century and has European, African, indigenous and Creole roots. Through the decades to come, merengue evolved from its folkloric, rural origins to more modernized forms, and became the national symbol by the late 1930s, as well as one of the most popular Latin dance styles.