Concepción de la Vega

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La Vega
Municipality
Concepción de la Vega
La Vega's Cathedral
Concepción de la Vega is located in Dominican Republic
La Vega
Coordinates: 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22°N 70.53°W / 19.22; -70.53Coordinates: 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22°N 70.53°W / 19.22; -70.53
Country  Dominican Republic
Province La Vega
Municipal Districts 2
Founded 1494
Municipality since
1844
Area[1]
 • Total 639.85 km2 (247.05 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 248,089
 • Density 388/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 111,283
  Including populations of its municipal districts
Demonym Vegano (female, vegana)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 36 km (22 mi) to Santiago
125 km (78 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Concepción de la Vega, usually known as La Vega, is the head municipality of the La Vega province; it is the largest city in the central part of the country.

The carnival of La Vega, every year during February, is one of the most important carnival in the country.

History[change | edit source]

In 1494, Christopher Columbus built a small fort near what is today known of La Vega Vieja (the "Old La Vega"). Columbus gave the name of Concepción to the fort.

A small town grew around the fort and was known as Concepción de la Vega because it was in the western border of the main valley of the island ("Vega" means valley): the Cibao Valley or Royal Valley.

The city was destroyed by a strong earthquake in December of 1562; the town was rebuilt several kilometres to the south of the old one, on the southern side of the River Camú, where the city is now.

Geography[change | edit source]

La Vega is located in the western border of the Cibao Valley, close to the mountains of the Cordillera Central (in English, "Central mountain range").

The municipality has a total area of 639.85 km².[1] It has two municipal districts (subdivisions of a municipality): El Ranchito and Río Verde Arriba.[4]

The municipality of La Vega has the Espaillat and Hermanas Mirabal provinces to the north, the Duarte province and the municipality of Jima Abajo to the east, the Monseñor Nouel province to the south and the municipality of Jarabacoa and the province of Santiago province to the west.

The River camú flows along the northern side of the city; that river, one of the most important river of the country is a tributary of the River Yuma

Population[change | edit source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 248,089: 125,822 men and 122,267 women. The urban population was 44.86% of the total population. In this numbers are included the population of the municipal districts that are part the municipality. The population of the city of La Vega without those municipal districts was 202,864.[3]

Economy[change | edit source]

The most important economic activity in the province is farming; some important crops are plantain, rice, cacao; some vegetables are grown along the River Camú. Cattle raising is also important, mainly for milk.

There is also here an important Free Trade Zone, a place where there are different companies that made different products to send to other countries and do not pay taxes in the Dominican Republic.

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. De la Fuente, Santiago (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://censo2010.one.gob.do/resultados/Resumen_resultados_generales_censo_2010.pdf. Retrieved 2013-1-29.
  4. Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://www.one.gob.do/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=1098. Retrieved 2009-10-01.


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