March 19, 2012 - Battle of March 19 – Dominican Republic

What happens when 2,200 soldiers fight against an army of 10,000?

That's how badly the Dominican army was outnumbered by the Haitian troops—but the revolutionary Dominican forces won!

Today the people of the Dominican Republic celebrate this first major battle of their war of independence, fought in 1844.

The Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti taking up the other third of the island. This Caribbean island nation is known for merengue dance and baseball.

Did you know...?

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's largest tourist destination, and it has the highest mountain and the largest lake in the Caribbean.

The Dominican Republic has some gorgeous sights!
Christopher Columbus arrived on the island of Hispaniola in his first voyage to America, and Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, was the first permanent European settlement in the New World. Find out more about this city and nation from this earlier post

Celebrate the Dominican Republic!

Hands on Crafts 4 Kids has some craft ideas. 

Jigsaw Online has a challenging puzzle. 

Crayola has a Dominican flag to color. 

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