August 24, 2015
1849 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - A boy on his donkey
Even if Dominican Republic is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region, a lot of the population lives away from towns, in what is commonly referred to as “el campo” or the country. Here most people live in typical houses made mostly of palm wood, or more commonly now, half concrete half wood. Here people mostly grow “viveres” which refers to root vegetables. Of course, meat also makes up a large portion of the nutrition, and so the care taking of farm animals takes up a large portion of the day.
Horses are kept for transport, as well as for herding cows, except when the horse can’t be caught, at which point the reliable motorcycle is brought it. Most commonly though, donkeys are used for getting from point A to point B, but also for transporting heavy stuff. What’s great about donkeys is that it’s easy for children to ride them, and they’re cheap on gas. So it’s a good replacement for the school bus.
About the stamp
The stamp is part of a very large series dedicated to the Dominican Carnival, and issued on April 17, 2012.
Country Life in the Dominican Republic, "El Campo" - We Travel and Blog
Sent from Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), on 16.07.2014