Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo

[map of the Dominican Republic] Republic occupying the eastern part of the island of Haiti, in the West Indies; estimated area, 19,332 square miles. The island was discovered in 1492 by Columbus who named it Hispaniola, and in 1513 the See of Santo Domingo, the oldest bishopric in the New World, was established by Leo X, and erected into an archdiocese, 1547. The island remained under Spanish rule until 1844, when the natives of the eastern part established an independent republic. Catholicism is the state religion though others are permitted. The Archdiocese of Santo Domingo comprises the republic.

Archdioceses, past and present, include Dioceses, past and present, include: Other ecclesiastical disivions include See also:
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