Monte Plata Province
A street in Monte Plata
|Development region||Higuamo (IX)|
|- elevation||53 m (174 ft)|
|Area||2,601.6 km² (1,004 sq mi)|
|Population||185,956 (2010) |
|Density||71 /km² (184 /sq mi)|
7 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
The province was given the name of the capital city, Monte Plata. In colonial times, people from Monte Cristi and Puerto Plata came to live to this region by orders of the Spanish king and gave to the town a new name that comes from the two original towns, Monte Plata.
After the Dominican independence from Haiti in 1844, this region was part of the old Santo Domingo Province. During the Restoration War against Spain (1861 - 1865), there were several important battles in the region.
In 1932, the region was made part of the new San Cristóbal province and then it was made a province with the name of Monte Plata but soon the name was changed to Monseñor Meriño after the Archbishop Fernando Arturo de Meriño, who was President of the Dominican Republic in 1880-1882.
Then, in 1944, the province was made part of the San Cristóbal province again until 1982 when the new Monte Plata province was created with the municipalities of Monte Plata, Sabana Grande de Boyá, Yamasá and Bayaguana. In 2004, Peralvillo became a municipality.
The Monte Plata province is in the centre of the country. To the north, it has the Sánchez Ramírez, Duarte and Samaná provinces; to the east, the Hato Mayor and San Pedro de Macorís; to the south, the Santo Domingo province; and to the west, the San Cristóbal and Monseñor Nouel provinces.
Its population represents 1.97% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 15th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
The Monte Plata province has a total area of 2,601.6 km2 (1,004.5 sq mi). It has 5.4% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 5th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
The Monte Plata province has a tropical wet climate with no dry or cold season as it is constantly moist.
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|Monte Plata (290101)||26,192||264.4||99.1||53|
|Don Juan (290102)||7,313||102.9||71.1||61|
|Monte Plata (290100)||46,723||631.1||74.0|
|Sabana Grande de Boyá (290301)||23,630||216.9||108.9||286|
|Sabana Grande de Boyá (290300))||31,096||527.3||59.0|
|Los Botados (290402)||16,228||68.5||236.9||106|
|Mamá Tingó (290403)||9,922||105.5||94.0||137|
|Monte Plata (290000)||185,956||2,601.6||71.5|
Cattle raising is also very important.
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