November 6 – Constitution Day in the Dominican Republic

Posted on November 6, 2015

For centuries, most kingdoms and empires and nations were ruled by whoever was powerful enough to force everyone else to obey. But eventually nations began to establish written principles that would spell out the organization and powers of the various parts of the government.

The world's longest surviving written constitution is pretty famous: it's the U.S. Constitution, which dates back to 1789. There are some written governing documents still in use in the United Kingdom (think Britain, England) and in San Marino, but they do not qualify as national constitutions.

On this date in 1844, the Dominican Republic officially adopted its first constitution. It was influenced by the laws and constitutions of Spain, France, and the U.S.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

What makes the Dominican Republic special...?

In addition to some gorgeous waterfalls in the Jarabacoa Mountains and of course some amazingly beautiful beaches – after all, this nation is located on a Caribbean Island! …

...and in addition to charming historical buildings, artisans' villages, fun shopping, and posh resorts...

...this nation is home to a wide variety of creatures, including around 300 species of birds, four species of sea turtles, dolphins and manatees, and a whole lot of coral-reef critters.

Find out more about the Dominican Republic by checking out these earlier posts.

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