Spain's first colony in the Americas, present-day Dominican Republic is where Christopher Columbus first set foot in the region, in 1492. The country, annexed for 22 years by Haiti and twice occupied by the U.S., is today Central America's largest economy. Home to the world's second-largest gold mine, the Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean, and has produced the most foreign players in Major League Baseball.

Becoming a Statecraft Expert Courtesy of Twitter

When a liberal New Yorker shares a name with a Trump-appointed diplomat, life becomes an endless game of tag.

26 Countries Ban All Abortions. But 1 May Soon Change Course

The Dominican Republic may break with its conservative neighbors to legalize abortion under certain conditions.

Have You Heard of Columbus’ Cursed Colony?

La Isabela, Columbus’ first settlement in the Americas, was supposed to bring riches and glory.

12 Best Places to Get Your Beach On

There is a soul-soothing strip of sand and sea out there for everyone.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Six Latin American Novels That Are Pushing Boundaries

These short, brilliant reads cross the edges of culture, gender, genre and reality.

The Director Bringing the Dominican Republic to Your Box Office

28-year-old José María Cabral is speaking to and for the Dominican Republic.

A Really Rustic Hideaway: Samaná Peninsula

OZY’s staff knows the globe, and lucky you: We like to share.

Deisy Toussaint: Dominican Firebrand

This young writer never intended to take on the government.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

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