Happy National Independence Day to the Dominican Republic!

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Dominican Republic celebrates today the 174th anniversary of its National Independence


Today, February 27, 1844, was the date on which the Dominican Republic was born as an independent nation. It was then that the War of Independence took place that the Founding Fathers, Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Matías Ramón Mella and their followers with liberal ideals fought for a free country. From that moment on, the Dominican Republic could be called as such.

The Dominican Republic is a country full of historical and cultural nuances and curiosities. Today the whole country is celebrating and, for that reason, the whole Moneytrans team wants to pay tribute with today’s post by talking about some of those curiosities that most attract our attention.


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Our selection of Dominican Republic curiosities and other things we love about this country:


#1. It is the tenth most populated island in the world.

#2. The Pico Duarte, located in the central mountainous region of the Dominican Republic, is the highest mountain in the Caribbean and has more than 10,000 feet!

#3. Enriquillo Lake is the lowest point in the Caribbean at 135 feet below sea level. It is also unique in that it is a salt water lake and preserves one of the most important species: the American crocodile.

#4. The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the entire Caribbean.

#5. It was one of the first places discovered by Christopher Columbus on his first trip to America.

#6. The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

#7. The name of the country is due to Santo Domingo de Guzmán, creator of the Dominican order.

#8. They are called Dominicans not only because they were born in the Dominican Republic. Some say that the name ‘Dominican’ came with the arrival of educators, the ‘Dominicans’, the first religious order to evangelize America and whose name meant to be ‘children of God’.

#9. Did you know that Amerindian art can be seen in caves in the Dominican Republic?

#10. The Dominican Republic is the birthplace of the musical genres of merengue or bachata.

#11. It has a special stone: Larimar. It is a rare blue stone found only in a mountainous region of the Dominican Republic.

#12. The national dish is the Sancocho. It’s a soup with vegetables or food like yam, yucca, potatoes, and a variety of meats, and it drives us crazy!

#13. The beaches of Punta Cana are considered among the best in the world receiving millions of tourists each year.

#14. The first university in America was created in 1538 in Santo Domingo.

#15. Baseball is their national sport having brought in some of the greatest players in history.

#16. The longest game ever played in baseball was played in the Dominican Republic: it lasted 6 hours and 13 minutes.

#17. The Dominican Republic has the largest economy in Central America and the Caribbean.

#18. The flora there is incredibly beautiful. There are about 70 types of orchids in the Dominican Republic.

#19. The Dominican Republic is one of the countries with the highest number of dentists. Our Dominican friends like sweets very much but they also like to take care of their oral hygiene.

#20. In the Dominican Republic, pharmacies don’t just sell drugs. You have a pretty special sales system. We would be delighted if a friend of RD tells us in detail 🙂

#21. On a day like today, it is tradition to fill the streets with Dominican flags. They are hung on balconies and gardens as a sign of respect for liberators.

#22. The Dominican flag contains the history of the War of Independence, the color red being the representation of the blood shed by our liberators, the blue being the protection of God over the Dominican nation and the white cross symbolizing the struggle of the liberators and the legacy that they leave us from a free homeland. This one was made by María Trinidad Sánchez, mother of Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the Fathers of the Dominican Republic.

#23. On such a day as today, you could find the “Diablos Cojuelos” or other characters of the Dominican Carnival in the streets, as the Dominican Carnival could coincide with this date.

And you, did you know these facts about the Dominican Republic?


If you know more, tell us about it! We’d love to hear about your favorite dish, your favorite drink, your favorite place or the word you love and use in your country – celebrate Dominican Republic National Day with us!

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