Hato Mayor del Rey

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Hato Mayor
Hato Mayor del Rey
Official seal of Hato Mayor
Hato Mayor is located in Dominican Republic
Hato Mayor
Coordinates: 18°46′12″N 69°15′36″W / 18.77°N 69.26°W / 18.77; -69.26Coordinates: 18°46′12″N 69°15′36″W / 18.77°N 69.26°W / 18.77; -69.26
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Hato Mayor
Municipal Districts 3
Founded 1520
Municipality since
 • Total 647.08 km2 (249.84 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 102 m (335 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 61,517
 • Density 95/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Urban 43,529
  Including population of its municipal districts.
Demonym(s) Hatomayorense
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance: 25 km (16 mi) to El Seibo
110 km (68 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Hato Mayor del Rey, or usually just Hato Mayor, is the head municipality of the Hato Mayor province.

In English, Hato Mayor del Rey means the largest cattle ranch of the King.

Geography[change | change source]

Hato Mayor del Rey is located in the eastern part of the country, just to the south of the Cordillera Oriental (in English, "Eastern mountain range") in the region known as Llano Costero del Caribe (in English, "Caribbean Coastal Plain").

Hato Mayor del Rey has the municipality of El Valle to the north, the El Seibo province to the northeast and east, the San Pedro de Macorís province to the south and the Monte Plata province to the west.

The city is at 110 km from Santo Domingo and 25 km to the west of El Seibo. It is at an elevation of 102 m with an average temperature in the city of 26.7 °C and the average rainfall of 1,542.0 mm.[2]

The municipality has a total area of 647.08 km².[1] It has three municipal districts (a subdivision of a municipality): Guayabo Dulce, Mata Palacio and Yerba Buena.[4]

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 61,517: 31,285 men and 30,232 women. The urban population was 70.76% of the total population. In this numbers are included the populations of its municipal districts. Without the municipal districts, Hato Mayor del Rey had a total population of 44,900.[3]

History[change | change source]

The town grew around a small church built in 1520 in lands given by the Dávila family; for that reason, in old times the town was called Hato Mayor de Dávila.

It was made a municipality by the Haitian government in 1843. After the Dominican independence in 1844, Hato Mayor was not a municipality until 1848 when it was made one in the El Seibo province.

In 1984, when the Hato Mayor province was made, the city of Hato Mayor del Rey became its head municipality (something like its capital city.

Economy[change | change source]

Farming is the only economic activity in the municipality, except for some small industries. Cattle raising is very important in the region because there are many savannas with grasses around the city and to the south of it; the dairy industry is important, with an important production of different types of cheese.

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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