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Monte Plata
Municipality
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Monte Plata
Founded 1606
Municipality since
1844
Area
 • Total 264.4 km2 (102.1 sq mi)
 • Urban 3.34 km2 (1.29 sq mi)
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,192
 • Density 91.498/km2 (236.98/sq mi)
 • Urban 16,115
Demonym(s) Monteplateño
(female, monteplateña)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 53 km (33 mi) to Santo Domingo

Monte Plata is a Dominican city and head municipality of the Monte Plata province.

The town was founded with people from Monte Cristi and Puerto Plata; they took the words "Monte" from the first town and "Plata" from the second town to form the name of the new town: "Monte Plata".

History

The city was founded in 1606 when the Spanish Governor Antonio Osorio destroyed, by orders of King Phillip III of Spain, the towns of Monte Cristi and Puerto Plata. The people and the cattle were moved to a new town that was given the name of Monte Plata to remember those two towns that were destroyed.

When the province of Monte Plata was created in 1982, the city was made the head municipality of this province.

Population

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 26,192: 13,288 men and 12,904 women. The urban population was 61.5% of the total population.

Geography

Monte Plata is located in the northwestern part of the Llano Costero del Caribe (in English, "Caribbean Coastal Plain"), a large prairie with many important savannas.

The Sierra de Yamasá is found to the northeast of the municipality. Los Haitises is a karst region with many small hills; it is to the northwest of Monte Plata.

It has a total area of 264.4 km2 (102.1 sq mi) and has three municipal districts (a municipal district is a subdivision of a municipality); these are Boyá, Chirino and Don Juan.

The altitude of the city of Monte Plata is 56 m (184 ft) above sea level.

The municipality of Monte Plata has the municipality of Sabana Grande de Boyá to the north, the municipality of Bayaguana to the east, the Santo Domingo province to the south and the municipality of Yamasá to the west.

Climate

Monte Plata has a tropical wet climate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Af) with no dry or cold season as it is constantly moist (rainfalls during the whole year).

The average amount of rainfall for the year in the city is 2,058.8 mm (81.1 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is August with 327.6 mm (12.9 in) of rainfall, followed by May with 256.1 mm (10.1 in).

The driest season is winter. The month with the least rainfall on average is January with an average of 60.9 mm (2.4 in) followed by December with an average of 67.2 mm (2.6 in).

Monte Plata is in a warm region; the average temperature for the year is 26.3 °C (79 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 27.75 °C (81.9 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 24.15 °C (75.47 °F).

Climate data for Monte Plata (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.5
(85.1)
30.1
(86.2)
31.3
(88.3)
32.3
(90.1)
32.6
(90.7)
33.0
(91.4)
33.1
(91.6)
33.0
(91.4)
32.9
(91.2)
32.2
(90)
31.0
(87.8)
29.5
(85.1)
31.71
(89.08)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.2
(75.6)
24.6
(76.3)
25.7
(78.3)
26.5
(79.7)
27.2
(81)
27.7
(81.9)
27.8
(82)
27.7
(81.9)
27.5
(81.5)
27.0
(80.6)
25.8
(78.4)
24.5
(76.1)
26.35
(79.43)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.1
(66.4)
20
(68)
20.7
(69.3)
21.8
(71.2)
22.3
(72.1)
22.4
(72.3)
22.3
(72.1)
22.1
(71.8)
21.8
(71.2)
20.6
(69.1)
19.4
(66.9)
20.94
(69.7)
Rainfall mm (inches) 60.9
(2.398)
78.1
(3.075)
102.3
(4.028)
120.1
(4.728)
256.1
(10.083)
232.3
(9.146)
232.0
(9.134)
327.6
(12.898)
252.4
(9.937)
211.7
(8.335)
118.1
(4.65)
67.2
(2.646)
2,058.8
(81.055)
Source #1: NOAA
Source #2: Climatemps.com

Administrative division

The municipality of Monte Plata has three municipal districts:

Municipal districts of Monte Plata
Code Municipal district Population
(2010)
290102 Don Juan 7,313
290103 Chirino 7,951
290104 Boyá 5,267

Economy

Because there are many savannas, and by its history, the most important economic activity in the municipality is cattle raising is also important, mainly for milk.

Farming is also an important activity. Some crops are sugar cane and fruits like orange.


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