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Western traditions, folk culture, merengue, African heritage, Santo Domingo

The first permanent colony of Europeans in the western hemisphere was established in the Dominican Republic, and Western traditions have been a strong presence ever since. Some of the old colonial buildings are still standing, fine examples of which are in Santo Domingo. Art, music, and literature are developed in part on Western patterns. Almost equally strong is the African cultural strain. In the folk culture, especially the music, the African heritage is most noticeable. These two traditions blend in the popular national song and dance, the merengue. Most of the country’s major cultural institutions, including the National Fine Arts Gallery, are in Santo Domingo.



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Western traditions, folk culture, merengue, African heritage, Santo Domingo, western hemisphere, Dominican Republic, dance, music, literature

 
 

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