Duarte (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdwaɾte]) is a northeastern province which comprises one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic. It is divided into 7 municipalities and its capital city is San Francisco de Macorís. It is bordered by the provinces of María Trinidad Sánchez and Samaná to the east, Monte Plata and Sánchez Ramírez to the south, La Vega and Hermanas Mirabal to the west and Espaillat to the north. It is named after Juan Pablo Duarte, the founder of the Dominican Republic.

Town Hall in San Francisco city, Duarte province, Dominican Republic
Town Hall in San Francisco city, Duarte province, Dominican Republic
Location of the Duarte Province
Location of the Duarte Province
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1896
CapitalSan Francisco de Macorís
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body7 municipalities
11 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator
6 Deputies
 • Total1,605.35 km2 (619.83 sq mi)
 • Total338,649
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-06
Postal Code31000

It was created in 1896 as a district (an old country subdivision) with the name Distrito Pacificador but the Constitution of 1907 changed the category to province. In 1925 its name was changed to Duarte.

Geography edit

The province has a total area of 1,605.35 km2.[1] 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.

History edit

The province is named in honor of the country's founding father Juan Pablo Duarte. In the 18th century, a chapel for the Lady of Santa Ana was founded, built in what is now the Rincón San Francisco de Macorís. For the nineteenth century, it was admitted to the category of Parish to later become the District of La Vega. When the independence of the Dominican Republic was proclaimed, Duarte was the first town in the Cibao to rise up in favor of the Puerta del Conde. After the republic had been established, Duarte became a part of La Vega.

In 1896 San Francisco became the head of the Peacekeeping District —this name was given in honor of President Ulises Heureaux, who was given the title of Peacemaker of the Homeland. In 1907 it became a province with the same as Peacemaker. In 1925 the name of the Pacifying Province was changed to the Duarte Province, in honor of the Father of the nation.

Municipalities edit

Municipalities of Duarte Province.
Center of San Francisco de Macoris.

The province as of June 20, 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them:[2]

Population edit

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2014 estimate. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside them. The population figures are from the 2014 population estimate.[3]

Name Total population Urban population Rural population
Arenoso 15,122 2,895 12,227
Castillo 18,962 12,541 6,421
Eugenio Maria de Hostos 16,232 5,411 10,821
Las Guáranas 16,022 6,524 9,498
Pimentel 23,202 14,677 8,525
San Francisco de Macorís 213,906 155,132 58,774
Villa Riva 35,203 4,412 30,791
Duarte province 338,649 201,592 137,057

For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.

References edit

  1. ^ Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica Archived March 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  3. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-02-02.[permanent dead link]

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