JIM'S WORK TRIP TO:

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jim and Fellow PC workers on Patio
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Dominican Republic National Anthem

Original Spanish Words

Quisqueyanos valientes alcemos

nuestro canto con viva emoción

Y del mundo a la faz ostentemos

Nuestro invicto glorioso pendón


Salve el pueblo que intrepido y fuerte

A la guerra a morir se lanzó

Cuando en belico reto de muerte

Sus cadenas de esclavo rompio.


Ningun pueblo ser libre merece

Si es esclavo, indolente y servil,

Si en su pecho la llama no crece

Que templo el heroismo viril.


Mas Quisqueya dla indomita y brava

Siempre altiva la frente alzará,

Que si fuere mil veces esclava

Otras tantas ser libre sabra.

Lonely Planet Facts:

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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Dominican Republic
The white-sand beaches, impressive mountain ranges veined with spectacular rivers and waterfalls, and saltwater lakes teeming with exotic wildlife are just part of the Dominican Republic's appeal. Steer a small boat through endless mangrove forests in search of gentle manatees. Spy on lovesick humpback whales in the Bahía de Samaná. And once you've had your fill of this exquisite island's natural wonder, get back to civilization and prepare to party.

Folks in the Americas' first European city, Santo Domingo, don't just spend their time admiring the fine colonial architecture gracing their home. Nope, this town has not one, but two complete Carnivals, complete with parades, elaborate floats, lots of live music and plenty of dancing in the streets. Pre-Lent Carnivals are celebrated in Santiago, Cabral, Monte Cristi and La Vega as well. If that's not enough, check out the country's two major merengue festivals, the annual Latin Music Festival and the national surfing and windsurfing championships. Whether you're looking to party, relax or explore, the Dominican Republic has a lot to offer.

Full country name: Dominican Republic
Area: 48,730 sq km (18,814.8 sq mi)
Population: 8.5 million
Capital city: Santo Domingo (pop: 2 million)
People: 73% mulatto, 16% European descent, 11% African descent
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic
Government: Representative democracy
President:Rafael Hipólito Mejía Domínguez

GDP: US$43.7 billion
GDP per head: US$5400
Annual growth: 8.3%
Inflation: 5.1%
Major industries: Tourism, sugar refining, nickel and gold mining, cement, tobacco
Major trading partners: USA, Venezuela, Belgium, Mexico, Japan

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC NewsPaper

Dominican Republic NewsPaper In English

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English: Dominican Republic National Anthem

English Translation

Brave men of Quisqueya,

Let us sing with strong feeling

And let us show to the world

Our invincible, glorious banner.


Hail, O people who, strong and intrepid,

Launched into war and went to death!

Under a warlike menace of death,

You broke your chains of slavery.


No country deserves to be free

If it is an indolent and servile slave,

If the call does not grow loud within it,

Tempered by a virile heroism.


But the brave and indomitable Quisqueya

Will always hold its head high,

For if it were a thousand times enslaved,

It would a thousand times regain freedom.


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