Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Pesos. The Peso is divided into 100 centavos. I hope you've enjoyed this quiz as much as I've enjoyed researching it!
|What is the name of the semi-precious stone which can only be found in the Dominican Republic?||The Dominican Republic
Larimar. Amber is also found in the Dominican Republic but it can also be found elsewhere and technically is not classed as a stone since it is formed from tree sap. Larimar is a rare blue stone which is also known as the 'Atlantis Stone'. It is only found in a mountainous region of the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Alps. The Dominican Republic has three mountain ranges but the Cordillera Central is the highest. The Cordillera includes the 'Pico Duarte' which is 3,175 metres high and is the highest peak in the Caribbean.
|Which game is widely believed to have been introduced by the Americans during their occupation of the Dominican Republic?||The Dominican Republic
Baseball. US Marines occupied the Dominican Republic from 1916-1924. Dominican-born Sammy Sosa has made baseball his career.
Nevertheless, as it has been pointed out to me, the professional league of the Dominican Republic actually began in 1890 with two professional teams. When the Licey was founded in 1907 (nine years before the first American Intervention in 1916) there were soon no rivals for them, therefore the other teams disappeared. With the American Occupation came passion for the game. 'El Escogido' was founded in 1921 during the Intervention, just to play against the Licey.
Thank you to Coquito for this additional information.
Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo was originally called 'Nueva Isabela' but was renamed 'Ciudad Trujillo' during Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. The capital reverted back to 'Santo Domingo' after Trujillo's assassination in 1961.
France. The Dominican Republic was ruled by the Spanish from 1492 (when Captain Christopher Columbus arrived) until 1697 and in 1795 the French seized control of the western and then eastern parts of Hispaniola. Spanish rule was restored in 1809.
The Caribbean Sea. The Dominican Republic is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.
|The Dominican Republic comprises two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. What comprises the other one third?||The Dominican Republic
Haiti. Hispaniola is the second largest island of the Greater Antilles, Cuba being the biggest. Haiti is located to the west of the Dominican Republic.
Merengue. The Dominican Republic's traditional music, Merengue, predates Salsa and is a dance in which the dancers take alternate long and short sliding steps keeping the legs stiff.
Spanish. Although Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken. Traffic signs are in Spanish.
|What is the name of the building that used to be the palace of the Viceroy of Spain? ||Dominican Republic
El Alcázar de Colón. El Alcázar, which resembles more a rural military fortress than a place for suited for living, was built somewhere between 1511 and 1525.
|Santo Domingo is home to the first Catholic Cathedral in America. What is its proper name?||Dominican Republic
Our Lady of the Incarnation. The City of Santo Domingo was founded in 1496 by Bartholomeus Columbus. The construction of the Cathedral was begun in 1512, formerly started in 1523, and concluded on 1541.
|Many people already know that Pico Duarte is the highest peak of the Dominican Republic and of all the Caribbean. Which is the second highest peak of the Dominican Republic?||Dominican Republic
La Pelona. All of these mountains belong to the Dominican Republic. "La Pelona" is 3,097 m high, second only to Pico Duarte (3,175 m). La Rusilla is Third, with 3,038 m. Nalga de Maco is far behind, reaching only about 2,000 m, and Isabel de Torres, despite being the highest Mountain in Puerto Plata, is fairly small (no more than 800 m).
|What are the two rivers that divide the city of Santo Domingo into several parts?||Dominican Republic
Ozama and Isabela rivers. Despite the fact that the Haina river is in the Province of Santo Domingo it is not located inside the city. As its name indicates, it's located in Haina, which is a small township just west of the city of Santo Domingo. The Chavon river is located in La Romana, and the Yaque del Sur is located on the western part of the country.
30. The Dominican Republic has 30 provinces and 1 district (Distrito Nacional or as said in English: National District), which is where the capital Santo Domingo is located.