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Private consumption has been strong, as a result of low inflation (under 1% on average in 2015), job creation, and a high level of remittances.

The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean.

A geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to both the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, and the Caribbean's largest lake and point of lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo.

The Dominicans established a house of high studies in the island of Santo Domingo that today is known as the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and dedicated themselves to the protection of the native Taíno people, who were subjected to slavery, and to the education of the inhabitants of the island.

Within a few years after 1492, the population of Taínos had declined drastically, due to smallpox, The last record of pure Taínos in the country was from 1864.

Still, Taíno biological heritage survived to an important extent, due to intermixing.

On Columbus's return during his second voyage he established the settlement of La Isabela in what is now Puerto Plata on Jan.

1494, while he sent Alonso de Ojeda to search for gold in the region.

Under Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres' governorship, the Indians were made to work in the gold mines, "where they were grossly overworked, mistreated, and underfed," according to Pons.About half were located in the mining towns of Concepción, Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Buenaventura.The repartimiento of 1514 accelerated emigration of the Spanish colonists, coupled with the exhaustion of the mines.By 1501, Columbus's cousin Giovanni Columbus, had also discovered gold near Buenaventura, the deposits were later known as Minas Nuevas.Two major mining areas resulted, one along San Cristóbal-Buenaventura, and another in Cibao within the La Vega-Cotuy-Bonao triangle, while Santiago de los Caballeros, Concepcion, and Bonao became mining towns. Ferdinand II of Aragon "ordered gold from the richest mines reserved for the Crown." Thus, Ovando expropriated the gold mines of Miguel Diaz and Francisco de Garay in 1504, as pit mines became royal mines, though placers were open to private prospectors.

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