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Cardenal Caro Province

Provincia Cardenal Caro
Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, on March 12, 2011.
Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, on March 12, 2011.
Official seal of Cardenal Caro Province
Seal
Coat of arms of Cardenal Caro Province
Coat of arms
Location of Cardenal Caro Province in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region
Location of Cardenal Caro Province in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region
Country Chile
Region O'Higgins
Founded October 3, 1979
Area
 • Total 3,324.8 km2 (1,283.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2012 Census)
 • Total 39,068
 • Density 11.7505/km2 (30.4336/sq mi)
 • Urban
18,433
 • Rural
22,727
Sex
 • Men 22,127
 • Women 19,033
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 72
Website Government of Cardenal Caro

Cardenal Caro Province (Spanish: Provincia Cardenal Caro) is one of the three provinces of the central Chilean region of O'Higgins (VI). The capital of Cardenal Caro is Pichilemu.

Name

The province is named after Cardinal José María Caro Rodríguez, native of Pichilemu, and who was the first Cardinal of Chile.

History

On July 13, 1973, President Salvador Allende Gossens decreed the creation of the Cardenal Caro Department. The decree was published in the Diario Oficial de la República de Chile in August of the same year, making it official. Marchigüe was declared the capital. However, the coup d'état that occurred in September of that year made the decree "dead text".

The province of Cardenal Caro was created on October 3, 1979 by General Augusto Pinochet. The communes of Litueche (formerly El Rosario), La Estrella, Marchihue, Paredones, and Pichilemu, originally from Colchagua Province; and Navidad, originally from San Antonio Province, formed the province.

Administration

As a province, Cardenal Caro is a second-level administrative division of Chile, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president. The province is composed by six communes (Spanish: comunas), each of which is governed by a popularly elected alcalde.

Communes of the province

The province has 6 communes:

  • Pichilemu (capital)
  • La Estrella
  • Litueche
  • Marchigüe
  • Navidad
  • Paredones
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