Salvaleón de Higüey

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Higüey
Municipality
Salvaleón de Higüey
Our Lady of High Grace Church
Salvaleón de Higüey is located in Dominican Republic
Higüey
Coordinates: 18°37′12″N 68°42′36″W / 18.62°N 68.71°W / 18.62; -68.71Coordinates: 18°37′12″N 68°42′36″W / 18.62°N 68.71°W / 18.62; -68.71
Country  Dominican Republic
Province La Altagracia
Municipal Districts 3
Founded 1503
Municipality since
1844
Area[1]
 • Total 1,704.59 km2 (658.15 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 251,243
 • Density 147/km2 (380/sq mi)
 • Urban 211,810
  Including populations of its municipal districts
Demonym Higüeyano
(female, higüeyana)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance: 35 km (22 mi) to La Romana, Dominican Republic
145 km (90 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Salvaleón de Higüey, usually known as Higüey, is the head municipality of the La Altagracia province, on the eastern part of the country.

The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (in English, "Our Lady of High Grace Church"), a cathedral, is in this city and many Catholic people come here to pray.

History[change | change source]

The city was founded by Juan de Esquivel in 1503. Higüey was the Taíno name of the eastern part of the island.

Geography[change | change source]

Higüey is located in the region known as Llano Costero del Caribe (in English, "Caribbean Coastal Plain"), in the eastern part of the country, a region with many savannas.

The municipality has a total area of 1,704.59 km².[1] It has three municipal districts (subdivisions of a municipality): Las Lagunas de Nisibón, La Otra Banda and Verón-Punta Cana.[4]

The municipality of Higüey has the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east, the municipality of San Rafael del Yuma to the south and the La Romana and El Seibo provinces to the west.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 251,243: 130,916 men and 120,327 women. The urban population was 84.30% 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 Higüey without those municipal districts was 168,501.[3]

Economy[change | change source]

The most important economic activity in the province is tourism, along the eastern coast, mainly in Bávaro and Punta Cana.

But farming is still an important activity in the rest of the province, mainly cattle raising. Also sugarcane is a very important crop in this province.

References[change | change 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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