Santa Bárbara de Samaná

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Samaná
Municipality
Santa Bárbara de Samaná
Samaná esplanade
Samaná esplanade
Samaná is located in Dominican Republic
Samaná
Coordinates: 19°12′N 69°19′W / 19.2°N 69.317°W / 19.2; -69.317Coordinates: 19°12′N 69°19′W / 19.2°N 69.317°W / 19.2; -69.317
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Samaná
Founded 1756
Municipality since
1865
Municipal Districts El Limón, Arroyo Barril, Las Galeras
Area[1]
 • Total 212.6 km2 (82.1 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 33,196
 • Density 156.14/km2 (404.41/sq mi)
 • Urban 13,857
Demonym(s) Samanés, samanense
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance: 135 km (84 mi) to San Francisco de Macorís
243 km (151 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Santa Bárbara de Samaná, or simply Samaná, is the head municipality of the Samaná province, on the south coast of the peninsula of Samaná. The people from this city, and of the province, are called samanés or samanense, in Spanish.

Name[change | change source]

Santa Bárbara de Samaná is named Santa Bárbara after the Queen Bárbara de Braganza, wife of King Ferdinand VI of Spain. Samaná was the Taíno name of the region.

History[change | change source]

The city was founded in 1756 as Santa Bárbara de Samaná, by the Spanish governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda. This was during the period when the area of Santo Domingo was a Spanish colony. Its first European inhabitants were families from the Canary Islands.

When the Maritime District (an old division similar to a province) of Samaná was created in 1865, the city was elevated to the category of municipality.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 33,196: 17,034 men and 16,162 women. The urban population was 41.7% of the total population.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

Santa Bárbara de Samaná has a total area of 212.6 km2 (82 sq mi) (without including its municipal districts), about 24.6% of the total area of the province of Samaná.[1] The city is an elevation of 5 m (16 ft) above sea level,[2] and at 243 km (151 mi) to the northeast of Santo Domingo.

The city is surrounded by mountains of the Sierra de Samaná, a small mountain range that covers most of the Samaná peninsula.

The municipality of Santa Bárbara de Samaná has the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the east, the Samaná Bay to the south, the municipality of Las Terrenas to the northwest and the municipality of Sánchez to the southwest.

Climate[change | change source]

Samaná has a tropical wet climate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Af) with no dry or cold season as it is constantly moist (rainfalls during the whole year).[3]

The average amount of rainfall for the year in the city is 2,211.9 mm (87.1 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is November with 257.2 mm (10.1 in) of rainfall, followed by October with 246.9 mm (9.7 in).

The driest season is winter. The month with the least rainfall on average is February with an average of 109.5 mm (4.3 in) and the second is March with 116.6 mm (4.6 in).

Samaná is in a warm region; the average temperature for the year is 26.2 °C (79.2 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 27.85 °C (82.1 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 24.15 °C (75.5 °F).

Climate data for Samaná (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.2
(84.6)
29.5
(85.1)
30.2
(86.4)
30.7
(87.3)
31.5
(88.7)
32.5
(90.5)
32.6
(90.7)
32.7
(90.9)
32.6
(90.7)
32.2
(90)
30.6
(87.1)
29.6
(85.3)
31.16
(88.09)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.2
(75.6)
24.4
(75.9)
25.1
(77.2)
25.7
(78.3)
26.7
(80.1)
27.7
(81.9)
27.9
(82.2)
27.9
(82.2)
27.7
(81.9)
27.2
(81)
25.6
(78.1)
24.6
(76.3)
26.23
(79.21)
Average low °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
19.3
(66.7)
19.9
(67.8)
20.6
(69.1)
21.8
(71.2)
22.8
(73)
23.1
(73.6)
23.0
(73.4)
22.7
(72.9)
22.2
(72)
20.6
(69.1)
19.6
(67.3)
21.23
(70.21)
Rainfall mm (inches) 145.7
(5.736)
109.5
(4.311)
116.6
(4.591)
141.8
(5.583)
231.5
(9.114)
152.2
(5.992)
185.1
(7.287)
229.2
(9.024)
193.3
(7.61)
246.9
(9.72)
257.2
(10.126)
202.9
(7.988)
2,211.9
(87.083)
Source #1: NOAA[4]
Source #2: Climatemps.com[3]

Administrative division[change | change source]

The municipality of Santa Bárbara de Samaná has 3 municipal districts:[5]

Municipal districts of Samaná
Code Municipal district Population
(2010)
200102 El Limón 7,024
200103 Arroyo Barril 11,007
200104 Las Galeras 6,929

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "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.
  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 "Samana Climate & Temperature". Climatemps.com. http://www.samana.climatemps.com/. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. "Samana Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ftp://ftp.atdd.noaa.gov/pub/GCOS/WMO-Normals/TABLES/REG_IV/DR/00000048.TXT. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. "División Territorial 2015" (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). October 2015. http://www.one.gob.do/Multimedia/Download?ObjId=6159. Retrieved 22 November 2016.


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