The Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean approximately 575 miles ESE of Florida, and is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. God has given us a special burden for these people and this place.
After Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola (old term for the island now shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti) , he worked to make Santo Domingo the capitol of the Dominican Republic.
Today, it remains as the oldest European settlement in the Americas. The Dominican Republic operates as a democratic republic of 31 provinces. They gained their independence from Haiti on February 27, 1844.
There are an estimated 10 million people living on the island, 1 million of which are Haitian refugees. Economically, the leading industries are the service sector and agriculture.
The dominant sport enjoyed by the people of the DR is baseball.