Sánchez, Samaná

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Sánchez is located in Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°13′N 69°36′W / 19.217°N 69.6°W / 19.217; -69.6Coordinates: 19°13′N 69°36′W / 19.217°N 69.6°W / 19.217; -69.6
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Samaná
Municipality since 1866
 • Total 328.53 km2 (126.85 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 24,509
 • Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
 • Urban 11,211
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 34 km (21 mi) to Samaná

Sánchez is a Dominican municipality in the Samaná province, on the south coast of the peninsula of Samaná.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality has a total population of 24,509: 12,583 men and 11,926 women. The urban population was 45.74% of the total population.[3]

History[change | change source]

The old town of Las Cañitas was elevated to the category of municipality in 1866 with the name of Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the three Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic.

It was a very small town but it grew in importance and population when the railway from town to La Vega (in the La Vega province) began to run across the rich region of the Cibao. Sánchez became the most important port of the country during the rest of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. The railway worked until 1966.[4]

The port has lost its importance When other ports in the country grew in importance. And the Yuna River has been filling the Samaná Bay with solid material and only small boats can get to the port.

Economy[change | change source]

The main economic activity of the municipality is agriculture. Fishing was the main activity but now is not so important.

References[change | change source]

  1. Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. 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. Vega, Bernardo (2004) (in Spanish). Breve historia de Samaná. Santo Domingo: Fundación Cultural Dominicana. ISBN 9993427063.