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Cardenal Caro Province
Provincia Cardenal Caro
Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, on March 12, 2011.
Location of Cardenal Caro Province in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region
|Founded||October 3, 1979|
|• Total||3,324.8 km2 (1,283.7 sq mi)|
|• Density||11.7505/km2 (30.4336/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (CLT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (CLST)|
|Area code(s)||56 + 72|
|Website||Government of Cardenal Caro|
The province is named after Cardinal José María Caro Rodríguez, native of Pichilemu, and who was the first Cardinal of Chile.
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.
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
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