As of 2005, of the 8,950,034 citizens of the Dominican Republic, 11 percent are black, 16 percent are white and 73 percent are of mixed races. Furthermore, the average Dominican is 58.1 percent white European, 35.2 percent black African and 6.4 percent indigenous Amerindian.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. In fact, Haitians used to rule the country, and it was only in Feb. 27, 1844, Dominicans attained independence.
The main language spoken in the country is Spanish, and the government practices representative democracy.
Some of the famous people born in the Dominican Republic are Dania Ramirez, Aimee Carrero, Manny Perez and Omahyra, all of whom are actors who have played parts in Hollywood movies.