explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Española, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
This is Columbus voyage
The United States established diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic in 1884 following its independence from Spain in 1865. Post-independence, the country saw a mix of coups, U.S. military intervention and occupations, military government, and democratic government. The Dominican Republic's first peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president.