Dominican Culture Research Paper

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In the past, most dominant countries were at war because they were fighting over which country to colonize. After multiple wars, they finally ended up dispersing across the world and colonizing the recessive countries. As time passed, the weaker countries, which are now ruled over, had no choice but to adapt to the new culture. Commonly, only one country will colonize each dormant country. However, Dominican Republic is an exception because it contains the heritage of Taino Indians also known as the natives, Africans and Spanish and creates one extremely distinctive culture. As it can be seen today, some cultures inherit their “old” civilization and it is shown through different characteristics of their ethnicity but not all are easily noticeable.…show more content…
According to Elizabeth Vaneps Garlo, La Bandera (the flag) is a popular national dish (n.d, ¶27). This is because the meal is made of white rice and red beans that reminded people of their flag colors so the meal was named La Bandera. With influences from the Taino Indians, Spaniards, African Slaves and many other immigrants, the Dominican dishes or comida criolla has evolved (Colonial Zone (Dominican Republic), n.d, ¶1). What this statement is trying to say is that the influence of those three cultures is so great that the dished gradually advanced over time. Due to the mix of cultures, the cuisine on the island became an interesting combination of impacts and spices which now rivals any cuisine in the Caribbean (Culinary Styles, 2004-2014, ¶ 2). This epitomizes Dominican Republic’s exotic food, which is very irreplaceable that it is hard for other cookeries in the Caribbean to compete with their unusual taste. The national food or comida criolla appeals to travelers that are coming into the island’s local restaurants. Immediately, people can acknowledge its delicious combination of Spanish, African, and native Taíno…show more content…
Art has a wide variety of subsequent topics such as music, da, paintings and crafts. It is spectacular to see that Dominican Republic’s culture can be seen in all three of the minor topics of art. “Native crafts are extremely important as cultural expressions” (The Culture of Dominican Republic, 2004-2014, ¶5). Crafts are the most important because of the patterns and the techniques of making the crafts can be differentiated between countries. People say that the celebration of music can bring everyone together and gives strangers a much more understanding of its background. It seems to be accurate in Dominican Republic because “music is one of the most important components of Dominican culture”(The Culture of Dominican Republic, 2004-2014, ¶7). For instance the Merengue music; it is the only evident music where the blend of all three cultures can be detected. Merengue is also a dance that goes with the music. The moves of the dance originated from the African Slaves that were imported. Although it is a national dance today, it wasn’t a national dance during those time because “it has strong African roots, rather than European roots, it was rejected by the upper class and those who generated from European roots” (Merengue, 2007-2009, ¶2). The fusion of the natives, Spaniards, and the African Slaves’ cultures has made the art of Dominican Republic more

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