Monseñor Nouel Province
|Development region||Cibao Sur (II)|
|- elevation||173 m (568 ft)|
|Area||992.0 km² (383 sq mi)|
|Population||165,224 (2010) |
|Density||167 /km² (433 /sq mi)|
7 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
The province was named after Archbishop Adolfo Alejandro Nouel, who was President of the Dominican Republic in 1912-1913.
Bartholomew Columbus, younger brother of Christopher Columbus, founded here a fort in 1495-1497 and Bonao became one of the most important city of the Hispaniola island during the first years of the Spanish colony.
Later, the city was abandoned and was founded again during the Haitian occupation with the name of "Paraje del Yuna". In 1859, it became a military post in the municipality of La Vega. In 1936, it became a municipality of La Vega province under the name of Monseñor Nouel.
The province was created in 1982 with the municipality of Monseñor Nouel and the municipal districts of Piedra Blanca and Maimón. In 2005, the name of the municipality of Monseñor Nouel was changed to Bonao even if the name had been changed since 1960.
In 1982, Maimón became a municipality and in 1991 Piedra Blanca became the third municipality of the province. Villa Sonador became a municipal district in 1999, Sabana del Puerto in 2000, Juan Adrián in 2001, Juma Bejucal in 2004, and Arroyo Toro-Masipedro and Jayaco in 2006.
The Monseñor Nouel province is bordered to the north and the west by the La Vega province, to the east by the Juan Sánchez Ramírez and Monte Plata provinces and to the south by the San Cristóbal and San José de Ocoa provinces.
Its population represents 1.75% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 17th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
The Monseñor Nouel province has a total area of 992.0 km2 (383.0 sq mi). It has 2.1% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 24th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
The province is mainly in a valley surrounded by mountains: the Cordillera Central ("Central mountain range" by the north, west and south, and by the Sierra de Yamasá ("Yamasá mountain range"), a branch of the Cordillera Central, by the east.
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|Sabana del Puerto (280102)||10,049||133.1||75.5||147|
|Juma Bejucal (280103)||22,545||72.2||312.3||181|
|Arroyo Toro - Masipedro (280104)||2,851||103.1||27.7||922|
|La Salvia - Los Quemados (280106)||5,601||197.4||28.4||452|
|Piedra Blanca (280301)||10,615||117.6||90.3||220|
|Villa de Sonador (280302)||7,028||53.2||132.1||190|
|Juan Adrián (280303)||3,291||60.5||54.4||391|
|Piedra Blanca (280300))||20,934||231.4||90.5|
|Monseñor Nouel (280000)||165,224||992.0||166.6|
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