The island of Hispaniola is made up by the Dominican Republic and Haiti Columbus flagship, the Santa Maria sunk of the coast on its maiden voyage in 1492. The indigenous Tainos were decimated after a few years of the arrival of the Spaniard due to infectious diseases for which they have no immunity.
The western and northern part of the island became a notorious hangout for British, Dutch and French pirates such as Henry Morgan.
The Dominican Republic main source of income is tourism but a large portion of the population lives below the poverty line.
The food is creole and they love anything super fried. Fried plantains, fried yucca, all vegetables are fried served with fried eggs, fried rice and beans with super fried chicken or fish. Fried empanadillas are 9/10 dough and 1/10 filling.
On my arrival at Boca Chica (20 miles east of Santo Domingo) I got boarded by Marina de Guerra (Coastguard) the M-2 (intelligence agency) Narcoticos (Drug squad with dogs) and Migration (immigration).
After the formalities were out of the way with welcome wishes they left me with the immigration officer that only worked 2 days a week filling the rest of his time as a pimp, taxi driver and personalized tour guide. I baptized him as the Seagull (he liked it) ,on second thought I should have called him the Leech.
Every country have bad apples, some more rotten than others.
Soft crime is big and explains the large presence of security, police, army and Special Forces.
It is however a beautiful country to see by keeping away of places visited by the average tourist.