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Sonsonate, El Salvador

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Sonsonate is a city and municipality of El Salvador. It is the capital of the department of Sonsonate; on the Sensunapan River and the railway from San Salvador to the Pacific port of Acajutla, 21 km (13 mi) south.[1] Pop. (2007), about 71,541.

Sonsonate

Villa de la Santísima Trinidad de Sonsonate
City
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Flag of Sonsonate
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Coat of arms of Sonsonate
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Sonsonate is located in El Salvador
Sonsonate
Sonsonate
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°43′N 89°43′W / 13.717°N 89.717°W / 13.717; -89.717
Country El Salvador
DepartmentSonsonate Department
Founded1524
Area
 • City232.53 km2 (89.78 sq mi)
Elevation
246 m (807 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • City71,541
 • Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
 • Metro
110,501
Time zoneUTC-6

EconomyEdit

Historically, the area was a producer of cotton.[1] Most of the cotton produced, as of 1850, was retained for local use.[2] Today, tobacco farming, cattle ranching and tourism (volcanos, coral reef) are important industries.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sonsonate" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 25 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 417.
  2. ^ Baily, John (1850). Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. London: Trelawney Saunders. p. 118.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sonsonate (El Salvador) at Wikimedia Commons