Professor: Valerie Quackenbush
November 14, 2010
Dominican Republic is a beautiful place. It is located near Central America, is nation on the island of Hispaniola. It borders Haiti. It is the second biggest country on the Carrabian Island, after Cuba. The whole country measures the area of 48442 km2. Its capital is Santo Domingo and is in the south coast of Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is also made up of many islands. There are four rivers in Dominican Republic. Yaque del Norte is the longest, most important Dominican river. There are also many lakes. The largest is called Enriquillo. 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 the 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. In the 1980s, immigration to the United States from the Dominican Republic rose to unprecedented levels. The number of Dominicans legally entering the United States between 1981 and 1990 was far greater than the number of Cubans: indeed, more Dominicans entered the United States in the last decade than any other Western Hemisphere national group...