Dominican: Dominican National Dance Essay

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History of the Dominican Republic
The island of Hispaniola, of which the Dominican Republic forms the eastern two-thirds and Haiti the remainder, was originally occupied by Tainos, and Arawak speaking people. When Christopher Columbus first discovered the island in 1492, he named it La Isla Española, which became Hispaniola. Years later the city of Santo Domingo became the Spanish capital of the New World, and because of its location in the trade winds, it was the gateway to the Caribbean. However the Haitians conquered the whole island in 1822 and held it until 1844. A society was established by Juan Pablo Duarte. After the overthrow, Pedro Santana one of the leaders in the revolution, became the first president of the Dominican Republic. Independence was won before slavery was eliminated in the Spanish Caribbean and a century before the decolonization of the other islands. However, still today Haiti Shares Island with the Dominican Republic both together makes Hispaniola. Even though we share an island, Dominicans express both contempt for and fear for their Haitians guests. Although three out of for Dominicans have Haitian in them they still consider themselves as white.
The typical music
Merengue is the symbol of Dominican Republic. However, there are two popular versions of the of the origin of the Dominican national dance, the Merengue. One story alleges the dance originated with slaves who were chained together was forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums. The second story alleges that a great hero was injured in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot. That is how the merengue was founded. In the other hand, the years have passed and now they make the rhyme out of tambora (drums), accordion, guira, saxophone, and marimba.
The Flag
The flag was adopted on 1844, with the colors red, white and blue. The colors and shapes used in the national flag represent patriotism and national pride. The flag has a large white…