Welcome to the Dominican Republic

Updated: March 4, 2009, 1:49 PM ET
By Joe Connor | Special to ESPN.com

Quick facts

Most known (outside baseball) for its … merengue music; abject poverty. Location: Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti.

Size: 18,815 square miles, or slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire

Population: 9.5 million

People: 73% Mulatto, 16% European descent, 11% African descent

Language: Spanish

Government: Representative Democracy

Capital: ...

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