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.