Dominican Republic By Rohan S. and JaCqueline H.


The culture in the Dominican Republic has its history in 3 places: Spain, because Christopher Columbus first landed in the D.R., Africa because of the slave trade bringing African Americans to the D.R., and Latin America as that's where it is! This mixture results in a very diverse country. You'll see what music the people of the D.R. listen to, what architecture is there, and what food they eat, all in this presentation.


The architecture in the D.R. reflects its roots in Europe, Africa, and some modern architecture is starting to seep its way into the D.R.

This picture reflects the European style architecture.

The Columbus House

The Hilton Hotel is using a modernized layout like many other buildings in the cities of the D.R.


These are Tostones. They are fried plantains (a cousin of the banana), and are eaten as an appetizer.

This is a Pupusa. A Pupusa is a handmade corn tortilla. You would eat this as an entrée or, the main part of the meal.

The desert that you're seeing is Tres Leches. It's a spongecake soaked in 3 different types of milk, and there's the cherry on top. Yum!


The art that you find in the D.R. is usually very colorful and bright at the tourist stations. Some older paintings reflect different culture, though. A big time period for art in the D.R. happened in the 1900's when people started painting different styles of painting (Impressionism and Realism). People started painting pictures like this one below.

Lluvia en el mercado; Rain in the Market in English

This is the usual colorful and bright art.


The climate in the Dominican Republic is hot and humid, so a tropical climate. The weather in the warm seasons can range from 70°F to 80°F and in the cool seasons (November to April) the temperature can dip down to a mild 60°F. The D.R. is so hot because it is very close to the Tropic of Cancer (the northernmost point where the Sun can still be directly over you).


The religion in the D.R. is mainly Catholic as the Spanish conquistadors made the people convert to Christianity as they came to the D.R. in the 1400's. The population of Catholics in the D.R. is ≈ 80% while non-Catholic Christians are ≈ 17%, and other religions are only 3%, and are in the minority.

A church in the Dominican Republic.


You have to go to school in the Dominican Republic. Public school is free, but you can also go to a private school. There are 4 main sections in the D.R's system: Primary (grades 1-9), Secondary (2 years), Vocational, (from ages 14-17, requires fundamental education certificate), and Tertiary (which is basically college, you are usually 18 years old when you join Tertiary). In the D.R., going to college can sometimes be a privilege as not a lot of people have the money, time, or both to get admitted to college/Tertiary.


The music in the Dominican Republic is greatly influenced by African themes as the slave trade brought them there. Also, Spanish colonial music still has itself in the D.R. and also the native people have their own music. The blend of these 3 music roots combine to make today's music. The 2 most popular genres of music are Bachata and Merengue. A popular singer named Juan Luis Guerra was born in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital. He sings fusions, or mixes, of Latin music and African music. He also is credited with making Bachata, a genre of music that originated in the D.R., popular on a global level. He has won 18 Latin Grammy awards and the Latin Grammy award for Producer of the Year. Below is a picture of him.

Juan Luis Guerra

IB Schools

There are only 2 IB schools in the D.R., and we couldn't locate where they were.


The D.R. has lots of different land varying from one side of the country to the other. In the center and west sides of the country, there are many mountains that include the highest peak in the country, the Pico Duarte (Fun Fact: Just 50 miles away is the lowest point in the country, Lake Enriquillo). In the Southeast, you have many lowlands and nothing more. There are small ranges, or hills, in the North and Southwest.

Pico Duarte

Fun Facts!

  • Christopher Columbus landed in the D.R. in 1492, and "discovered the New World"
  • The D.R. is the 2nd largest country in the Caribbean (after Cuba)
  • The largest industry is Tourism
  • The main language is Spanish but English, French, and German are widely spoken, too


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