Hato Mayor del Rey

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Hato Mayor
Municipality
Hato Mayor del Rey
Official seal of Hato Mayor
Seal
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
1843
Area
 • Total 269.6 km2 (104.1 sq mi)
 • Urban[1] 7.75 km2 (2.99 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 102 m (335 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 44,900
 • Density 166.54/km2 (431.3/sq mi)
 • Urban 37,798
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.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 44,900: 22,225 men and 22,675 women. The urban population was 84.2% of the total population.[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 capital city.

Geography[change | change source]

Hato Mayor del Rey has a total area of 269.6 km2 (104.1 sq mi). It has three municipal districts (a subdivision of a municipality): Guayabo Dulce, Mata Palacio and Yerba Buena.[3]

Hato Mayor del Rey is at 110 km (68 mi) to the northwest of Santo Domingo and at 25 km (16 mi) to the west of El Seibo. It is at an elevation of 102 m (335 ft) above sea level.[2]

The municipality is 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.

Climate[change | change source]

Hato Mayor del Rey has a tropical monsoonal climate (Köppen climate classification : Am), with a dry season and a heavy monsoon the rest of year.[4]

The average amount of rainfall for the year in the city is 1,582.2 mm (62.3 in). Most rains fall during the end of summer. The month with the most precipitation on average is October with 219 mm (8.6 in) of rainfall, followed by May with 216.3 mm (8.5 in).

The driest season is winter. The month with the least rainfall on average is February with an average of 42 mm (1.7 in) and the second is January with 51.5 mm (2.0 in).

Hato Mayor del Rey is in a warm region; the average temperature for the year is 25.9 °C (79 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 27.5 °C (81.5 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 23.9 °C (75.02 °F).

Climate data for Hato Mayor (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
(84.7)
29.9
(85.8)
30.6
(87.1)
30.7
(87.3)
31.1
(88)
32.3
(90.1)
33.2
(91.8)
33.3
(91.9)
32.9
(91.2)
31.9
(89.4)
30.4
(86.7)
29.2
(84.6)
31.23
(88.22)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.5
(74.3)
23.9
(75)
24.7
(76.5)
25.3
(77.5)
26.1
(79)
27.1
(80.8)
27.4
(81.3)
27.5
(81.5)
27.3
(81.1)
26.6
(79.9)
25.2
(77.4)
23.8
(74.8)
25.7
(78.26)
Average low °C (°F) 17.6
(63.7)
17.9
(64.2)
18.8
(65.8)
19.8
(67.6)
21
(70)
21.8
(71.2)
21.5
(70.7)
21.7
(71.1)
21.7
(71.1)
21.3
(70.3)
20
(68)
18.3
(64.9)
20.12
(68.21)
Rainfall mm (inches) 51.5
(2.028)
42
(1.65)
59.7
(2.35)
116.5
(4.587)
216.3
(8.516)
187.9
(7.398)
120
(4.72)
187.2
(7.37)
209.5
(8.248)
219
(8.62)
110.6
(4.354)
62
(2.44)
1,582.2
(62.291)
Source #1: NOAA[5]
Source #2: Climatemps.com[4]

Administrative division[change | change source]

The municipality of Hato Mayor del Rey has three municipal districts:[3]

Municipal districts of Hato Mayor del Rey
Code Municipal district Population
(2010)
300102 Yerba Buena 3,244
300103 Mata Palacio 5,393
300104 Guayabo Dulce 7,980

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. "Expansión Urbana de las ciudades capitales de R.D. 1988-2010. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. April 2015. p. 82. http://www.one.gob.do/Multimedia/Download?ObjId=5645f. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  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 3.2 3.3 "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. http://censo2010.one.gob.do/volumenes_censo_2010/vol1.pdf. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Hato Mayor Climate & Temperature". Climatemps.com. http://www.hato-mayor.climatemps.com//. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. "Hato Mayor Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ftp://ftp.atdd.noaa.gov/pub/GCOS/WMO-Normals/TABLES/REG_IV/DR/00000016.TXT. Retrieved 21 October 2016.


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