Dominican Republic

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Tabitha Glenn
Dr. Johnson
MED LAW Tues/Thur
12/6/12

The island of the Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean Sea, and its part of the West Indies. The Dominican Republic shares the land with Haiti and the entire island is known as Hispaniola. Hispaniola as it was called when Christopher Columbus discovered it, he discovered it on his first voyage in 1492. The founding of this island was very important to European settlers and it played a major part in the economic growth that Europe had when the new world was discovered. The agriculture that is part of this island has help establish an economic structure that has led the Dominican Republic become to what it is today. The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate, with more local variations in temperature than seasonal ones, and with seasonal variability in the abundance of rainfall. The average annual temperature is 25° C, ranging from 18° C at an altitude of over 1,200 meters to 28° C at an altitude of 10 meters. Highs of 40° C are common in protected valleys, as are lows of zero in mountainous areas. August is their hottest month, and January and February are the coldest ones. The rainy season lasts from November through January. In the rest of the country, it runs from May through November; May is the wettest month. The dry season lasts from November through April; March is the driest month. The Dominican carnival is a tradition that is celebrated on February called Independence day which is Feb. 27 People dress in costumes, there's music, and dancing mostly just celebrations. Christmas time is one of the most celebrated holidays there. However, they don't trade gifts until January 6 which is Three King's Day. Roman Catholicism is the official religion of the Dominican Republic, serving faith to more than ninety percent of Dominicans. Catholics believe the authority of the church lies within the hierarchy of the church; Catholics believe the authority of the church lies within the believer....
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