María Trinidad Sánchez Province

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Coordinates: 19°22′48″N 69°22′48″W / 19.38°N 69.38°W / 19.38; -69.38
María Trinidad Sánchez
Country  Dominican Republic
Capital Nagua
 - elevation 83 m (272 ft)
 - coordinates 19°22′48″N 69°22′48″W / 19.38°N 69.38°W / 19.38; -69.38
Area 1,271.71 km² (491 sq mi)
Population 140,925 (2010) [1]
Density 111 /km² (287 /sq mi)
Province since 1959
Subdivisions 4 municipalities
5 municipal districts
Congresspersons 1 Senator
3 Deputies
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
Area code 1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2 DO-14
Location of the María Trinidad Sánchez Province
Location of the María Trinidad Sánchez Province

María Trinidad Sánchez is a province of the Dominican Republic. It is in the northeastern part of the country, along the Atlantic coast. Its capital city is Nagua.

It was created on 1958. It was a municipality of the Samaná province before being elevated to the category of province.

Location[change | change source]

María Trinidad Sánchez is in the northeast of the country. The province has the Samaná province to the southeast, the Duarte province to the south and west and the Espaillat province to the northwest. The Atlantic Ocean is to the north and east of the province.

Origin of name[change | change source]

María Trinidad Sánchez was a sister of Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the founders of the country. She helped the Dominican soldiers during the first days of the independence from Haiti. She was killed on 27 February 1845 by orders of the first Dominican president, Pedro Santana.

History[change | change source]

The territory of the province was part of the Duarte province and then it was made a municipality of the Samaná province. In 1958, it was made a province with the name Julia Molina after the mother of the dictator Rafael Trujillo but in 1961, after Trujillo's death, the province was given the present name.

Municipalities[change | change source]

María Trinidad Sánchez has a total area of 1,271.71 km².[2] It has 2.6% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 18th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.

There are four municipalities in the province and six municipal districts (similar to municipalities but depending of a municipality).[3] The municipalities and municipal districts (M.D.) are:

Population[change | change source]

In 2010 (last national census), there were 140,925 people living in the María Trinidad Sánchez province, and 74,019 (52.52%) living in towns and cities. The population density was 110.8 persons/km².[4]

Its population represents 1.5% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 20th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.

The largest city of the province is Nagua, its head municipality or capital, with a population (in 2010) of 40,611 inhabitants.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

The Cordillera Septentrional (in English, "Northern mountain range") is in the southern part of the province, going from the northwest to the southeast. The mountains here are not very high, and the mountain range ends in the southeastern part of the province, in a large swamp called Gran Estero close to the Samaná province.

Because the mountain range is close to the sea, the rivers are short.

Economy[change | change source]

The main economic activities in the province are farming and fishing. In some partes of the province, mainly in the northern parte (Río San Juan and Cabrera), tourism is an important activity because there are many beautiful beaches.

References[change | change source]

  1. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  2. Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  3. Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish) (PDF). Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). Retrieved 2013-1-29.