Located at the mouth of the Ozama River on the Caribbean Sea, the country's capital is named after Saint Dominic de Guzmán, founder of the Dominican Order. It was founded on 4 August 1496, the day on which the saint was celebrated at the time, although it was first baptised Nueva Isabela, in homage to Queen Isabella of Castile. It will take the name of Santo Domingo de Gúzman after being destroyed by a cyclone in 1502. You should also know that Domenico was the first name of Christopher Columbus' father and his brothers. Between 1936 and 1961, the city was also called Ciudad Trujillo in reference to the dictator Rafael Trujillo who ruled the country at that time. In fact, the Dominican Republic is doubly - its name and its capital - linked to St. Dominic and to the Dominican Order.

Today the capital city has more than 3 million inhabitants. The municipality is working to reduce the social bill. In 1999, 38% of the population of the capital lived below the poverty line. By 2013, the rate has fallen to 17%. The city is the center of economic activity in the Dominican Republic. Many national and international companies have their headquarters or regional offices in Santo Domingo. The city attracts many businesses and franchises because of its geographical location and international economic stability. The capital is characterized by its good telecommunication structures which contribute to its dynamism.
The city is growing economically and in terms of infrastructure: housing, shopping centres, motorways... However, there is a great disparity between rich and poor neighbourhoods. The wealthy are concentrated in the central polygon of the city, which is bordered by John F. Kennedy Avenue north February 27 Avenue south, Avenida Winston Churchill to the west and Avenida Máximo Gómez to the east, and is characterized mainly by its residential area and very active nightlife.

The capital is served by two airports. Among the must-see places: the house of Christopher Columbus.

The region is the most modern, the most urbanized and has no shortage of attractions, but it is as you leave it and head for the secluded beaches, wild forests and deserted peaks that you will approach another truth of the country.

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