Maule Region

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Coordinates: 35°26′S 71°40′W / 35.433°S 71.667°W / -35.433; -71.667
Maule Region (VII Región de Maule)
Region of Chile
Talca main comercial street.jpg
Talca's main commercial street
Flag of Maule, Chile.svg
Flag
Coat of arms of Maule Region, Chile.svg
Coat of arms
Country  Chile
Provinces Curicó, Talca, Linares, Cauquenes
Capital Talca
 - coordinates 35°26′S 71°40′W / 35.433°S 71.667°W / -35.433; -71.667
Lowest point Pacific Ocean
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 30,296.1 km² (11,697 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,042,989 (2015) [2]
Density 34 /km² (88 /sq mi)
Intendant Pablo Meza Donoso
ISO 3166-2 CL-ML
Maule, in red, in Chile
Maule, in red, in Chile
Website: Official website (Spanish)

The VII Maule Region (Spanish: VII Región del Maule) is one of Chile's 16 first order administrative divisions. Its capital is Talca.

The region is named after its main river: the Maule river.

History[change | change source]

The city of Talca was founded in 1692 by General Governor Tomás Marín de Poveda. On 17 February 1742 it got the name of Villa San Agustín de Talca by Governor José Antonio Manso de Velasco. Curicó followed in 1743, Linares and Parral in 1794.

In Talca is the house where Bernardo O'Higgins signed the proclamation of the independence of Chile on 12 February 1818. It is now a museum.

Geography[change | change source]

The Maule region borders the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins region to the north, Argentina to the east, the Ñuble region to the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west.[1]

The two main rivers in the region are the Maule and the Mataquito rivers.

Population[change | change source]

As of 2015, there were (estimated) 1,042,989 persons living in the region,[2] for a population density of 34.4 inhabitants/km².

People from this region are known as Maulinos (women: Maulinas).

The largest city in the region is Talca, with 189,505 inhabitants (2002 census).

Administration[change | change source]

The Maule region is further subdivided into four provinces: Talca, Curicó, Linares and Cauquenes.

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Maule Region - Provinces and comunas
Province Capital Code Comuna Area[1]
(km²)
Population[1]
(2002)
Talca (071) Talca 07101 30 Talca 231.5 201,797
07102 21 Constitución 1,343.6 46,081
07103 22 Curepto 1,073.8 10,812
07104 23 Empedrado 564.9 4,225
07105 24 Maule 238.2 16,837
07106 25 Pelarco 331.5 7,266
07107 26 Pencahue 956.8 8,315
07108 27 Río Claro 430.5 12,698
07109 28 San Clemente 4,503.6 37,261
07110 29 San Rafael 263.5 7,674
Total of Talca province 9,937.8 352,966
Cauquenes (072) Cauquenes
07201 1 Cauquenes 2,126.3 41,217
07202 2 Chanco 529.5 9,457
07203 3 Pelluhue 371.4 6,414
Total of Cauquenes province 3,027.2 57,088
Curicó (073) Curicó
07301 4 Curicó 1,328.4 119,585
07302 5 Hualañé 629.0 9,741
07303 6 Licantén 273.3 6,902
07304 7 Molina 1,551.6 38,521
07305 8 Rauco 308.6 8,566
07306 9 Romeral 1,597.1 12,707
07307 10 Sagrada Familia 548.8 17,519
07308 11 Teno 618.4 25,596
07309 12 Vichuquén 425.7 4,916
Total of Curicó province 7,280.9 244,053
Linares (074) Linares
07401 14 Linares 1,465.7 83,249
07402 13 Colbún 2,899.9 17,619
07403 15 Longaví 1,453.8 28,161
07404 16 Parral 1,638.4 37,822
07405 17 Retiro 827.1 18,487
07406 18 San Javier 1,313.4 37,793
07407 19 Villa Alegre 189.8 14,725
07408 20 Yerbas Buenas 262.1 16,134
Total of Linares province 10,050.2 253,990
Total of the region 30,296.1 908,097

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Región de Maule" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Población país y regiones - Actualización 2002-2012 y Proyección 2013-2020" (XLS) (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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