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Dominican Republic: Hispanic Reading Room Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching the Dominican Republic, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.


Camilo J. Vergara, photographer. Matias Ramon Mella, Juan Pablo Duarte, Fernando del Rosario Sanchez, heroes of the Dominican Republic. Irvine Turner Blvd at 18th St., Newark, NJ. 2018. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from the Dominican Republic. Curated by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room, this guide is part of a series of Country Guides that provide quick references for countries and regions from the Luso-Hispanic world. The Hispanic Reading Room is the Library’s portal to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. This guide offers links to diverse resources on the Dominican Republic from across the Library including digitized primary sources, selected books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching. For specific questions or assistance using the Library’s resources, use the Ask a Librarian service to contact a reference librarian.

Dominican Republic: Quick Facts

United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Dominican Republic. 2004. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

Official Name: República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)

Capital: Santo Domingo

Date of Independence: February 27, 1844

Head of State/Government: President Danilo Medina Sanchez

Population: 10.8 million

Languages: Spanish

States: (31 provinces and 1 National District) Provinces: Azua, Bahoruco, Barahona, Dajabón, Duarte, Elías Piña, El Seibo, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Hermanas Mirabal, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, María Trinidad Sánchez, Monseñor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Samaná, San Cristóbal, San José de Ocoa, San Juan, San Pedro de Macorís, Sánchez Ramírez, Santiago, Santiago Rodríguez, Santo Domingo, Valverde; National District: Santo Domingo