The Dominican Republic
Hispaniola consists of two different countries with distinctly different languages. The Dominican Republic and Haiti. Natives of the Dominican Republic speak Spanish while the natives of Haiti speak French or Haitian Kreyol, which is broken French. Just like their languages, their culture, food and way of life are also distinctly different. Both countries are beautiful to visit. Hire an air charter to see both from an entirely different perspective. It is the best way to see all that these beautiful areas have to offer. Ground travel can be time consuming, taking away from visiting landmarks and special attractions.
The Dominican Republic consumes nearly two thirds of the eastern sector of Hispaniola. The first constitution for this region was adopted on November 6, 1844. This comes nearly 5,000 years after the first inhabitants of the land were documented. Initially this region was under a Presidential type of government, similar to that of the United States. Since that time, the Dominican Republic has gone through a variety of political changes.
Culture and Tourist Destinations
An upper class and a middle class separate the culture of Dominican Republic. This region has suffered a great deal of economic turbulence in recent years, leaving many residents without necessities. It does not take away from their beliefs or their will to make ends meet. Many will sell goods or barter for items needed. Natives are very handy with their hands when it comes to creating clothing and jewellery items.
With this being a coastal area, there are beautiful beaches to visit, such as Boca de Yuma Harbour. Throughout the year, there are also several festivals, which tourists can gain cultural education from in regards to celebration methods and cuisine offered. The Colonial Zone of Dominican Republic is a major tourist destination. It is an area of historical value, including a castle, cathedral, fortress and monastery, which are labelled as World Heritage Sites. Whether taking a stroll down the enchanting Calle Las Damas or visiting the Carretera Samana Toll Road, one is guaranteed a fantastic time in this Spanish-speaking paradise.
Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti on December 5, 1492. He claimed this parcel of land for the Spanish crown and originally named it La Isla Española. Later the name changed to simply, Hispaniola. This region has had both Spanish and French rulers as well as its share of political turmoil. Haiti struggled for independence beginning in 1804, which took decades to achieve.
Haiti’s culture is still in shock from the massive earthquake that took place in 2010. Over 300,000 people were lost. Tourists visit the crumbled areas and view mass graves representing the final resting places for hundreds of thousands of people. Haitians are a very strong willed people that live off the land and resources when they need to.
Haitians are known for their simple cuisine, kind nature and ability to create items with their hands. Port au Prince remains a tourist destination. Visitors should also make time to visit Jacmel and Parc National La Visite while in Hispaniola.