By Fe Liza Bencosme, Clark Norton
All-color consultant, with thousands of photographs and maps. The authors, one in all whom is a Dominican Republic local, percentage their intimate wisdom of this island kingdom. Virgin shorelines, 16th-century Spanish ruins, the Caribbean's optimum mountain, unique flora and fauna and big woodland reserves will trap you right here. And this booklet will exhibit you round. mammoth aspect at the tradition, the historical past, the ideals of the folk (how they relate to each other and to you) plus the economic system and politics, so that you might be excess of an off-the-cuff vacationer. Diving, climbing, flora and fauna, parks, excursions, getting round, carnivals and celebrations, prone, procuring, all are coated intimately. lodgings run the gamut from luxurious lodges to bare-bones camping out amenities. The authors suggest locations to devour, too, together with roadside shacks promoting neighborhood cuisine. Descriptions of the easiest nightlife in each city, from Sosua to Santo Domingo and the tiny cities in among. Over 20 city and local maps plus colour all through.
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While most of the country’s virgin forests have fallen to the lumberman’s axe for timber or to open up land for growing crops and raising livestock, secondary-growth forests still cover nearly 30% of the country, with the largest tracts in the central mountains (now protected within Armando Bermúdez and Carmen Ramírez national parks). In the high mountains, Creole pines predominate. In the lower mountains and valley slopes, lush subtropical forests are most common, characterized Coconut palm. by Hispaniolan mahogany, American muskwood, West Indian cedar, and several varieties of palm trees, as well as many types of ferns and bromeliads.
In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party was elected president in the country’s first free elections in 38 years, only to be overthrown by a military coup in 1963. ) In 1965, Bosch supporters launched a counter-coup. Four days later, US Marines landed again, intervening against pro-Bosch forces under the pretext that they were Communists. In what was widely regarded as a rigged election, Balaguer was elected president in 1966, beginning an on-and-off reign of 30 years, marked by widespread corruption and repression.
All of Hispaniola is an active seismic zone, with periodic earthquake activity. The DR has suffered at least 10 major quakes since the 16th century, and several cities and towns have been reduced to rubble more than once. 5 magnitude) was in September 2003 on the north coast, causing at least three fatalities and damaging buildings in Puerto Plata and Santiago. Though Hispaniola was once an active volcanic area (with many of its mountainous areas composed of ancient volcanic rock), no volcanic activity has been re- Introduction try southeast of Samaná Bay.