Santa Bárbara de Samaná

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Samaná
Municipality
Santa Bárbara de Samaná
Santa Bárbara de Samaná is located in Dominican Republic
Samaná
Coordinates: 19°12′N 69°19′W / 19.2°N 69.317°W / 19.2; -69.317Coordinates: 19°12′N 69°19′W / 19.2°N 69.317°W / 19.2; -69.317
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Samaná
Municipal Districts 3
Founded 1756
Municipality since 1865
Area[1]
 • Total 412.11 km2 (159.12 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 58,156
 • Density 141/km2 (370/sq mi)
 • Urban 21,855
  Including populations of its municipal districts
Demonym Samanés, samanense
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 135 km (84 mi) to San Francisco de Macorís
243 km (151 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, or simply Samaná, is the head municipality of the Samaná province, on the south coast of the peninsula of Samaná. The people from this city, and of the province, are called samanés, in Spanish.

Population[change | edit source]

The municipality has a total population of 58,156: 30,047 men and 28,109 women. The urban population was 79.24% of the total population. These numbers include the population of the municipal districts Arroyo Barril, El Limón and Las Galeras. The population of the city of Samaná without those municipal districts was 33,196.[3]

History[change | edit source]

The city was founded in 1756 as Santa Bárbara de Samaná, by the Spanish governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda. This was during the period when the area of Santo Domingo was a Spanish colony. Its first inhabitants were families from the Canary Islands.

It was named Santa Bárbara after the Queen Bárbara de Braganza, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain. Samaná was the Taíno name of the region.

When the Maritime District (an old division similar to a province) of Samaná was created in 1865, the city was elevated to the category of municipality.

Economy[change | edit source]

The main economic activities of the municipality are tourism, agriculture and fishing.

References[change | edit 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.


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