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Capital: Santo Domingo de Guzman

Population: 10,998,536 (December 18, 2018 est.)

Puerto Plata: 286,558

Currency: Dominican peso

Independence: February 27, 1844

Government: Democratic Republic

Official Language: Spanish

Official Religion: Roman Catholic (95%), Other (5%)

Ethnic groups: mixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%

The Dominican Republic was the first colony founded by Christopher Columbus.

The island was named "La Hispaniola" in colonial times.

The Dominican Republic shares the island with Haiti.

Baseball is the Dominican Republic’s national sport.
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