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The DOMINICAN REPUBLIC forms the eastern portion of the island of Hispaniola in the West Indies. It covers two-thirds of the island, the smaller portion consisting of Haiti. The climate is semitropical and occasional hurricanes cause great destruction. The west of the country is made up of four almost parallel mountain ranges and between the two most northerly is the fertile Cibao Valley. The southeast is made up of fertile plains.
well endowed with fertile land, only about 30 percent
cultivated. Sugar is the main crop and
mainstay of the country’s economy and grown
on plantations in the southeast plains. Other crops grown are rice, coffee,
bananas, cocoa beans, and tobacco. Mining
of gold, silver, platinum, nickel, and aluminum is carried out, but the main industries are food processing and
making consumer goods. Fishing is also carried out but not to any great extent
due to the lack of equipment and
island has fine beaches, and the tourism
industry is now very important to its economy.
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