Duarte Province facts for kids
|Development region||Cibao Nordeste (III)|
|Capital||San Francisco de Macorís|
|- elevation||110 m (361 ft)|
|Area||1,649.5 km² (637 sq mi)|
|Density||176 /km² (456 /sq mi)|
11 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
It was created in 1896 as a district (an old country subdivision) with the name Distrito Pacificador but the Constitution of 1907 changed all districts to provinces. In 1925 its name was changed to Duarte.
The Duarte province is bordered on the east by the María Trinidad Sánchez and Samaná provinces, on the south by the Monte Plata and Sánchez Ramírez provinces, on the west by the La Vega and Hermanas Mirabal provinces and on the north by the Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez provinces.
|María Trinidad Sánchez provinces||Espaillat province|
|Hermanas Mirabal province||Samaná province|
|La Vega province||Sánchez Ramírez||Monte Plata province|
The area that currently forms the Duarte province was originally part of La Vega province until 1885 when it was made part of the Espaillat province.
In 1896, this part of the country was made a province, including some coastal towns that are now part of the María Trinidad Sánchez province. With the creation of this last province in 1959, the Duarte province lost all coastal areas and became a landlocked province (surrounded by other provinces by all sides). At this time, the municipalities of the Duarte province were San Francisco de Macorís, Castillo, Pimentel and Villa Riva, with Hostos as a municipal district.
Arenoso was made a municipality in 1993, Las Guáranas in 1998 and Hostos (with the name of Eugenio María de Hostos) in 2004.
The municipal districts of the province were created in:
- 1998 : Agua Santa del Yuna, Cristo Rey de Guaraguao and La Peña
- 2000 : Cenoví
- 2003 : Las Coles and Las Taranas
- 2004 : Sabana Grande
- 2006 : Barraquito, El Aguacate, Jaya and Presidente Don Antonio Guzmán Fernández
In 2010 (last national census), there were 289,574 people living in the Duarte province, and 191,878 (66.3%) living in towns and cities. The population density was 175.6 persons/km².
Its population represents 3.07% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 8th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
As of 2016[update], the total estimated propulation of the province is 295,741 inhabitants.
The largest city of the province is San Francisco de Macorís, its head municipality or capital, with a population (in 2010) of 149,508 inhabitants. Other big cities are Pimentel and Castillo.
The Duarte province has a total area of 1,649.5 km2 (636.9 sq mi). It has 3.3% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 13th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
There are two geographical regions in the province: the northern half with the Cordillera Septentrional (in English, "Northern mountain range"); and the southern half, in the Cibao Oriental ("Eastern Cibao"), the eastern part of Cibao Valley.
The second road is shorter than the first and is a branch of the Carretera Duarte (Duarte National Road) that ends in San Francisco de Macorís.
Most rivers in the province are short and have their sources in the Cordillera Septentrional. Most of them flow to the south and are tributaries of the Camú or Yuna rivers; Camú is the main tributary of Yuna and these two rivers mark the southern limit of the province and flow from west to east.
The climate of the province is a tropical climate but modified by elevation and the Trade winds (winds that come from from the Atlantic Ocean, filled with water), which blow from the Atlantic all year long. Rains are common in this province, mainly in the northern mountains where there are rainforests.
|Municipality (code)||Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|San Francisco de Macorís (060101)||149,508||284.5||525.5||104|
|La Peña (060102)||11,452||248.6||46.1||309|
|Presidente Don Antonio Guzmán Fernández (060105)||6,998||38.6||181.3||69|
|San Francisco de Macorís (060100)||188,118||759.5||247.7|
|Las Coles (060202)||6,301||90.7||69.5||2|
|El Aguacate (060203)||3,477||46.2||75.3||11|
|Villa Riva (060501)||10,557||94.7||111.5||14|
|Agua Santa del Yuna (060502)||5,175||37.1||139.5||5|
|Cristo Rey de Guaraguao (060503)||5,335||78.5||68.0||128|
|Las Taranas (060504)||9,833||86.1||114.2||34|
|Villa Riva (060500)||33,663||321.4||104.7|
|Las Guáranas (060601)||14,661||89.9||163.1||47|
|Las Guáranas (060600)||14,661||89.9||163.1|
|Eugenio María de Hostos (060701)||4,123||61.2||67.4||31|
|Sabana Grande (060702)||1,374||13.6||75.5||27|
|Eugenio María de Hostos (060700)||5,497||79.4||69.2|
|Duarte province (060000)||289,574||1,649.5||175.6|
The main economic activity of the province is agriculture; the main products are coffee in the mountains, rice in the southern and eastern part of the province and cacao in the low mountains and those parts of the valley close to the mountains.
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