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Dajabón is located in Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°34′0″N 71°42′0″W / 19.566667°N 71.7°W / 19.566667; -71.7Coordinates: 19°34′0″N 71°42′0″W / 19.566667°N 71.7°W / 19.566667; -71.7
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Dajabón
Municipal Districts 1
Founded 1776
Municipality since
 • Total 253.41 km2 (97.84 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 35 m (115 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 28,071
 • Density 111/km2 (290/sq mi)
 • Urban 21,640
  Including population of Cañongo.
Demonym(s) Dajabonero
(female, dajabonera)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 150 km (93 mi) to Santiago
305 km (190 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Dajabón is the head municipality of the Dajabón province, on the northwestern border with Haiti.

Geography[change | change source]

Dajabón has a total area of 253.41 km².[1] It has only one municipal district (a subdivision of a municipality): Cañongo.[4]

Dajabón is at 305 km to the northwest of Santo Domingo, on the western end of the Yaque del Norte Valley (or Línea Noroeste), a part of the larger Cibao valley. The city is on the eastern side of the Dajabón River or Masacre; this is the only important river in the municipality. There is a bridge across the river and the Haitian city of Ouanaminthe is near the western side of the river.

The municipality is on flat land with only small hills.

Dajabón is at an elevation of 35 m with an average temperature in the city of 25.5°C and the average rainfall of 1,316.3 mm.[2]

The municipality of Dajabón has the Monte Cristi province to the north, the municipality of Partido to the east, the municipality of Loma de Cabrera to the south and Haiti to the west.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 28,071: 14,045 men and 14,026 women. The urban population was 77.09% of the total population. In this numbers are included the population of the municipal district Cañongo. The population of Dajabón without its municipal district was 25,245.[3]

History[change | change source]

The city was initially founded between 1771 and 1776 with some families that came from Monte Cristi. During the Dominican War of Independence, the city was abandoned and it was burned several times by the Haitian army. After the war, some families came to live here and in 1864, during the period of the Restoration War, the city was made a municipality.

With the creation of the Dajabón Province in 1938, the city was made the head municipality of the new province.

Economy[change | change source]

The main economic activity of the municipality is agriculture. Commerce with Haiti is also an important economic activity in the city. On Mondays and Fridays, Haitians can cross the bridge to sell and buy different things.

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. 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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