Chapter 16

Dominican Republic

(page 110, middle of paragraph 2 in A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry)

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Main Facts

Dominican Republic is situated in the Caribbean, with Haiti at its left. It has a total area of 48, 730 km squared and a population of 9,183,984 (2006). Dominican Republic's main economic activities are tourism, gold and ferronickel mining, cement, tobacco, textiles and sugar processing. Its capital is Santo Domingo and its official language is Spanish. Dominican Republic is divided into 31 provinces. Its president is currently Leonel Fernandez (2004).

Brief History

The Dominican Republic was first explored in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. Its capital, Santo Domingo, was founded in 1496. Dominican Republic's Independence Day is February 27, when they finally separated from Haiti in 1844, after Haiti ruling for more than 22 years. In 1965, the Dominican Republic experienced economic troubles, but president Leonel Fernandez (1996-2000 and 2004-now) helped Dominican Republic's economy go back up by 11.7%.

Touristic Places

Dominican Republic is known for its warm climate and its sandy beaches. Its clear blue waters also attract many people. There are many outdoor activities to participate in, such as sandboarding, rock climbing, horse-back riding, camping and more. Dominican Republic has many wonderful views, with its waterfalls, mountains and more. It also has a lot of historical places and statues to visit. Dominican Republic is paradise, you are sure to enjoy!

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This is a movie about the Dominican Republic:

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"Dominican Republic." Wikipedia. 22 Nov 2006 <>.

"Dominican Republic." The World Factbook. 22 Nov 2006 <>.

"Dominican Republic." 22 Nov 2006 <>.

"Dominican Republic." infoplease. 22 Nov 2006 <>.

Nuns and Blasphemy

(pages 109-112 in A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry)

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Nuns are women who want to dedicate and devote their life to serve God. They usually live apart from society in convents, in which they pray for most of the day. When these women enter the convents they have to take lifelong vows. Years ago, nuns used to teach in all Catholic schools and they were addressed as Sister. Today, some nuns still do teach in schools, though it is rare; to see a nun is also rare. There are many famous nuns, but Mother Teresa is one of the most famous ones. She decided to devote herself to God and help the sick and the poor.


Blasphemy in religion, according to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary is "the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God". Blasphemy used to be dealt with very seriously. A good example of how seriously it was dealt with would be in A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry. The main character is punished by his teacher, who is a nun, when she finds he has a baseball card with Jesus Alou; the teacher calls it blasphemy.

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"Nun." Wikipedia. 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"Blasphemy." Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 26 Nov 2006 <>.

McGillis , Ian. A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry. The Porcupine's Quill, 2002.

Baseball Cards

(page 109-111)

Jesus Alou

(page 110, all of paragraph 2 in A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry)

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Jesus Alou was a professional baseball player who played for many teams, including San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics and New York Mets. He was born on March 24, 1942 in Haina, Dominican Republic and he has two older brothers, Felipe and Matty, who also played baseball. Jesus Alou's career first started September 10, 1963, when he played his first game. He was 21 years old then. Jesus was nicknamed Jay by most people. Though he was considered a "wild hitter" his career wasn't really that successful. Jesus was an average baseball player. He played his last game September 29, 1979 at age 37. Jesus Alou is still alive today, though he has retired, at age 64.

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"Jesus Alou." Wikipedia. 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"Jesus Alou ." 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"Jesus Alou Stats." Baseball Almanac. 16 Nov 2006 <>.


(page 109, middle of paragraph 3 in A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry)

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Main Facts

Ontario is the second largest province in Canada. It has a total area of 1 076 395 km squared and a population of
12 686 952 people (2006), which is the province with the largest population. North of Ontario lie the Hudson and James Bays, west lays Manitoba, to the east lays Quebec and north is United States. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and Ontario's main city is Toronto, which is the largest city in Canada. Ontario's main language is English, though it has a very diverse population made up of many different ethnic groups.

Brief History

Ontario has a big history which started with the Indian tribes (Algonquians and Iroquoians). The Europeans then came to settle in the area. The English and the French colonies fought many wars before agreeing what land belonged to whom. After the Constitutional Act, the Province of Quebec, as it was called before, was separated into Ontario which was called Upper Canada and Quebec which was then called Lower Canada. This was when Ontario's parliament was formed.

Touristic Places

Ontario also has many touristic places to visit. In Toronto, there is Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Canada's Wonderland, Marineland and more. In Ottawa, there is the Parliament Building, National Library and many museums such as the Canadian War museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, etc. In the winter, there is the Rideau Canal, which is the world's longest skating rink. There is also the city of Sudbury, which is famous for its Big Nickel. Ontario has Canada's southernmost point, Point Pelee, which has Point Pelee National Park. Ontario: yours to discover.

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Here is a movie about Ontario:

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"Ontario." Wikipedia. 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"Natural Wonders." Ontario Yours to Discover. 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"Ontario." 16 Nov 2006 <>.

"About Ontario." Ontario Cottages. 16 Nov 2006 <>.