Dominican Republic

Comprises east section of Hispaniola island (west section is Haiti) and smaller islands; area was inhabited by Caribs, who had conquered Arawaks, when Columbus arrived in 1492; part of Spanish colony of Hispaniola through 17th century; held by French 1785-1809; official language is Spanish.

Quick Facts on Dominican Republic

Go Historic ID
36617
Names
Dominican Republic
Population
10,597,348 (#87 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Spanish (official)
Ethnic Groups
mixed 70.4% (Mestizo/Indio 58%, Mulatto 12.4%), Black 15.8%, White 13.5%, other 0.3% (2014 est.)
Religions
Roman Catholic 47.8%, Protestant 21.3%, other 2.2%, none 28%, don't know/no response .7% (2017 est.)