The Dominican Republic has also been influenced by African culture, and Native Taino being a significant minority.The country has also received immigration from other parts of Spain such as Catalonia as well as from other European countries such as France and Portugal.
For most of its history (up to independence) the Dominican Republic was known as Santo Domingo, the name of its present capital, and its patron saint, Saint Dominic.
Hence the residents were called "Dominicanos" (Dominicans), which is the adjective form of "Domingo", and the revolutionaries named their newly independent country "La República Dominicana".
Most Dominicans fall within three major ethno-racial groups.
The last census conducted in the country estimated the population as 73% mixed race (mainly of European and African descent), 16% White European (mainly of Spanish and French descent), and 11% Black African.
Waves of Chinese immigrants, the latter ones fleeing the Chinese Communist People's Liberation Army (PLA), arrived and worked in mines and building railroads.
The current Chinese Dominican population totals 50,000. They worked on sugarcane plantations and docks and settled mainly in the cities of San Pedro de Macorís and Puerto Plata, they have a population of 28,000.Other groups in the country include the descendants of West Asians—mostly Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians.A smaller, yet significant presence of East Asians (primarily ethnic Chinese and Japanese) can also be found throughout the population.In the national anthem of the Dominican Republic (Himno Nacional) the author uses the poetic term Quisqueyanos, that is, "Quisqueyans" instead of Dominicans.The word "Quisqueya" is a derivative from a native tongue of the Taino Indians which means, "Mother of all Lands." It is often used in songs as another name for the country.Besides meeting very beautiful women and enjoying their company, I met the other people in the group and we entertained each other with conversation about our escapades. The things that occurred on this tour were laughable and if any man goes on a dating site it should be with AFA.