The Dominican Republic gained its independence from Spain on February 28, 1844. Juan Pablo Duarte is credited for leading the group called La Trinitaria that revolted against Spanish rule.
The Dominican Republic celebrates its independence with a carnival that lasts all of February. During the carnival, the residents of the Dominican Republic display their culture and creativity through the use of vibrant colors. They wear ornate costumes and masks which represent various religious figures.
The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo. The country covers 18,704 square miles of land. It is the second largest country in the West Indies. Cuba is the largest.