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Revision as of 17:38, 20 April 2009Kreyòl: Repiblik Dominikèn) is a country located on the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, 1 bordering Haiti. Hispaniola is the second-largest of the Greater Antilles islands in the Caribbean Sea, and lies west of Puerto Rico and east of Cuba and Jamaica. The shortform D.R. is also often used.
Note:In the past U.S. and British authors often referred to the French colony Saint-Domingue as St. Doming or San Domingo, which may then be confused which what is today the Dominican Republic, with it's capital Santo Domingo. Dominicanie is also used by Haitians to refer to the country to the east.
Independence from Haiti
Border with Haiti
The Dominican Republic's border with Haiti, from the Atlantic coast to the Caribbean Sea, is 360 km (224 miles) long.
Relation of the Flag to that of Haiti
The flag of the Dominican Republic has its roots in the Haitian Flag of the early 19th century, a horizontal bicolor of blue over red. (Martucci)
Note 1: Another Taíno (native) name for Hispaniola, still used in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is Quisqueya (Kreyòl: Kiskeya) meaning: 'the cradle of life'. This name is preferred by many, since Hispaniola is the name given by the colonizers that nearly destroyed the native people and culture of the island.
- Martucci, Dave. (1999). quoted in Historical flags of the Dominican Republic. FOTW - Flags Of The World [Retrieved 05:40, February 7, 2006] .
- El Bohío Dominicano - Dominican Flag: History and Evolution - Article on the history of the flag of the Dominican Republic.
- Presidencia de la Republica Dominicana - Official page of the Dominican Republic Presidency
- Wikipedia: Dominican Republic