What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Campo' mean?

Find out what Campo means. Campo is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans

Campo

Campo literally means the countryside in Spanish, but in the Dominican Republic is used to describe areas in the countryside where people live in small hamlets or communities. Many years ago the almost the whole of the Dominican Republic was countryside living, with people living off what they could grow, and most kept a few animals. Since the growth of the large cities such as Santo Domingo and Santiago, over the years there has been a mass exodus from the countryside and now, according to the world bank, around half of the population live in rural areas and the rest in the towns and cities. Life in the campo is very different from life in the towns, cities or tourist areas at the beach. People still tend to be self sufficient and grow their own produce such as bananas and plantains, yuca and other root vegetables, peas and sweet corn. They also keep their own animals such as chickens, pigs and goats. Many will use a horse or a donkey for transport. Houses tend to be made of wood with zinc roofs and outside latrines and kitchens. Many will not have running water, taking the donkey to the river laden with plastic containers to fill up, and those that do will have a tap in the garden, rather than running water in the house. Most now have electricity, however. The quality of life is more tranquil, often like going back in time. Most of the people in the campos are elderly as the children leave to find work and opportunities in the towns, however most will return to their campo for holidays as they tend to hold a special place in their heart. There is more information about campo living in Chapter 2 of the book.

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Chapter 3: Family life
"...Campoght here,” he said pointing to under his left armpit. He was full of little gems like this. Like most Dominicans he was always known by his nickname, Chi Chi, ‘little boy’. He had been brought up in the Campo, ‘village’, usually very remote. His mother had died shortly after ..."

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"...Campour first Christmas, Danilo had taken the children to a Campo up in the hills above the town of Bani, an hour the other side of Santo Domingo, to be together with Christian. I didn’t go as I had to work, nor was I allowed to see Christian. Christian had ..."

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Chapter 6: Back to normal
"...Campod been decided to split San Pedro into two and appoint a new Mayor for what was to be called the Municipality of Guayacanes, which was to be made up of seven towns and villages. The largest was Guayacanes, a fishing town where the population was mainly Dominican with some ..."

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