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Dominican Republic
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The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern portion of the second largest island in the Caribbean and encompasses 48,734 km2. C. Columbus discovered it in 1492 and claimed it in 1493 for the Spanish crown under the name Hispanola (previously Quisqueya or Haití). After a turbulent history under Spanish, French, Colombian and Haitian rule, the eastern portion of the island declared independence from Haiti in 1844 and took the name the Dominican Republic. In 1861, it once again came under Spanish rule. …

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Toepsch, Alexandra, “Dominican Republic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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