María Trinidad Sánchez Province

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María Trinidad Sánchez
Rio San Juan in Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic
Rio San Juan in Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic
Coat of arms of María Trinidad Sánchez
Location of the María Trinidad Sánchez Province
Location of the María Trinidad Sánchez Province
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1959
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body4 municipalities
5 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator
3 Deputies
 • Total1,271.71 km2 (491.01 sq mi)
 • Total195,886
 • Density150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-14
Postal Code33000

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.

Name[change | change source]

María Trinidad Sánchez was an aunt 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, with the municipalities of Julia Molina and Cabrera and the municipal district, later a municipality, of Río San Juan. In 1961, after Trujillo's death, the province was given the present name and the capital was named Nagua.

The municipality of El Factor was created in 1988.

San José de Matanzas was made a municipal district in 1996, Arroyo Salado in 2000, La Entrada and El Pozo in 2001, Las Gordas in 2003 and Arroyo al Medio in 2006.[1]

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.

Population[change | change source]

In 2014 (last national census), there were 195,886 people living in the María Trinidad Sánchez province, and 74,019 (37.8%) living in towns and cities. The population density was 162.4 persons/km².[2]

Its population represents 2.07% 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.

As of 2016, the total estimated propulation of the province is 141,331 inhabitants.[3]

The largest city of the province is Nagua, its capital, with a population (in 2014) of 40,611 inhabitants.[2]

Geography[change | change source]

The María Trinidad Sánchez province has a total area of 1,206.5 km2 (465.8 sq mi).[2] It has 2.5% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 20th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.

The altitude of Nagua, provincial capital, is 4 m (13 ft).[4]

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.

The protected areas in the province are the Natural Scientific Reserve Loma Guaconejo (Reserva Científica Natural Loma Guaconejo), the National Park Cabo Francés Viejo and the National Park Gran Laguna.

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.

Municipalities[change | change source]

There are 4 municipalities and 6 municipal districts (M.D.) in the province.[1] The municipalities and its municipal districts (M.D.) are:

Municipalities of María Trinidad Sánchez Province
Municipalities of the María Trinidad Sánchez province
Municipal Districts (code) Population
Density Altitude
Nagua (140101) 40,611 47.6 853.2 4
San José de Matanzas (140102) 10,586 120.9 87.6 1
Las Gordas (140103) 15,359 151.6 101.3 6
Arroyo al Medio (140104) 10,437 224.8 46.4 22
Nagua (140100) 76,993 545.0 141.3
Cabrera (140201) 13,371 158.4 84.4 5
Arroyo Salado (140202) 7,119 62.2 114.5 13
La Entrada (140203) 4,034 49.9 80.8 68
Cabrera (140200)) 24,524 270.5 90.7
El Factor (140301) 13,557 96.9 139.9 12
El Pozo (140302) 10,683 49.8 214.5 16
El Factor (140300)) 24,240 146.7 165.2
Río San Juan (140401) 15,168 244.3 62.1 17
Río San Juan (140400)) 15,168 244.3 62.1
María Trinidad Sánchez province (140000) 195,886 1,206.5 162.4

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. 1.0 1.1 "División Territorial 2015" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). October 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. "REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA: Población por año calendario, según sexo y grupos quinquenales de edad, 2015-2020" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). Archived from the original (XLS) on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  4. "Nagua". Retrieved 7 November 2016.