Santa Cruz del Seibo

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El Seibo
Municipality
Santa Cruz del Seibo
Santa Cruz del Seibo is located in Dominican Republic
El Seibo
Coordinates: 18°46′12″N 69°2′24″W / 18.77°N 69.04°W / 18.77; -69.04Coordinates: 18°46′12″N 69°2′24″W / 18.77°N 69.04°W / 18.77; -69.04
Country  Dominican Republic
Province El Seibo
Municipal Districts 3
Founded 1502
Municipality since
1844
Area[1]
 • Total 1,344.33 km2 (519.05 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 117 m (384 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 66,867
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban 31,422
  Including population of its municipal districts.
Demonym Seibano
(female, seibana)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 65 km (40 mi) to San Pedro de Macorís
135 km (84 mi) to Santo Domingo

Santa Cruz del Seibo, or simply El Seibo, is a Dominican city and the head municipality of the El Seibo province, in the eastern part of the country. El Seibo is also written sometimes as El Seybo.

It is one of the oldest city of the Hispaniola island, founded during colonial times.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 66,867: 36,276 men and 30,591 women. The urban population was 46.99% of the total population. In this numbers are included the population of the municipal districts that are part the municipality. The population of El Seibo without its municipal district was 46,285.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The municipality has a total area of 1,344.33 km².[1] There are three municipal districts (administrative subdivisions of a municipality) in El Seibo;[4] these are:

  1. Pedro Sánchez
  2. San Francisco-Vicentillo
  3. Santa Lucía

El Seibo is near, on the south side, the Cordillera Oriental (in English: "Eastern mountain range". It is located in the northeastern part of the Llano Costero del Caribe (in English, "Caribbean Coastal Plain"), a large prairie with many important savannas.

The city is near the River Soco, one of the most important river of the eastern region of the Hispaniola island.

El Seibo is at an elevation of 117 m with an average temperature in the city of 26.7 °C and the average rainfall of 1,307.7 mm.[2]

The municipality of El Seibo has the municipality of the Miches to the north, the La Altagracia province to the east, the La Romana province to the southeast, the San Pedro de Macorís province to the southwest and the Hato Mayor province to the west.

History[change | change source]

The town was founded on 1502 by Juan de Esquivel, a Spanish conquistador;[5] the Spanish governor of the Hispaniola at that time was Nicolás de Ovando. The original name of the town was Santa Cruz de Icayagua, also written as Hicayagua.

Economy[change | change source]

Cattle raising is the most important activity in the municipality. Sugar cane is also grown here.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. Pouerié Cordero, M.M. (1997) (in Spanish). Síntesis de ciudades, pueblos e islas del país. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Impresora Mary.


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