Nagua

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Nagua
Municipality
Nagua is located in Dominican Republic
Nagua
Coordinates: 19°22′48″N 69°51′0″W / 19.38°N 69.85°W / 19.38; -69.85Coordinates: 19°22′48″N 69°51′0″W / 19.38°N 69.85°W / 19.38; -69.85
Country  Dominican Republic
Province María Trinidad Sánchez
Municipal Districts 3
Municipality since 1938
Area[1]
 • Total 552.71 km2 (213.40 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 76,993
 • Density 139/km2 (360/sq mi)
 • Urban 45,288
  Including populations of its municipal districts
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 70 km (43 mi) to San Francisco de Macorís
180 km (110 mi) to Santo Domingo

Nagua is a Dominican city and the head municipality of the María Trinidad Sánchez province, on the northeast (Atlantic) coast of the country. It was a town of fishermen that became a city in the second half of the 20th century. The city of Nagua is almost at sea level.

Geography[change | change source]

The municipality has the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Samaná province to the southeast, the municipality of El Factor to the south, the Duarte province to the west and the municipalities of Cabrera and Río San Juan to the north.

It has an area of 552.71 km². There are three municipal districts in the municipality (a municipal district in the Dominican Republic are similar to municipalities but they depend on a municipality).[4] Those municipal districts are:

  1. Arroyo al Medio
  2. Las Gordas
  3. San José de Matanzas

The Cordillera Septentrional (in English, "Northern mountain range") runs along the western half of the municipality. Even if the mountains are not too high, most people live along the coast.

In the southwestern part of the municipality, on the border with the Samaná province, there is a region with swamps.

Rivers in Nagua are short; one of them is the river Nagua. The city and the region is named after this small river.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 76,993: 39,288 men and 37,705 women. The urban population was 58.82% 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 Nagua without those municipal districts was 40,611.[3]

History[change | change source]

Nagua was a small town close to the place where the river Nagua gets into the sea and that is the reason of its old name: Boca de Nagua (in English, "Nagua's Mouth"); it was part of the old municipality of Matanzas, Duarte province.

It was created a municipality in 1938 with the name Villa Julia Molina (Julia Molina was the mother of the dictator Rafael Trujillo). On 4 August 1946 there was a tsunami that destroyed the city of Matanzas and Villa Julia Molina became the main city of the region.[5]

In 1945 the municipality became part of the Samaná province. With the creation of the new province of "Julia Molina" (now María Trinidad Sánchez), Villa Julia Molina became the head municipality of the province. The name of the city was changed to Nagua in 1961, after Trujillo's death.[6]

Economy[change | change source]

Farming, cattle raising (mainly for milk), and fishing are very important around the city. Some important products are rice, coconut, and cacao.

References[change | change source]

  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. Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  5. Concepción, J. Agustín (1980) (in Spanish). Corografía dominicana. La Vega, Dominican Republic: Amigo del Hogar. pp. 71-72.
  6. Félix, Werner D. (2004) (in Spanish). División Político-Territorial Dominicana 1944-2004. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: CONAU. ISBN 999349391-0.


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