Pedro Santana, Elías Piña


Pedro Santana is a municipality in the Dominican Republic, in the Elías Piña Province, on the border with Haiti, along the left side of the Artibonite river.

Pedro Santana
Country Dominican Republic
ProvinceElías Piña
Municipality since
Municipal DistrictRío Limpio
 • Total236.1 km2 (91.2 sq mi)
293 m (961 ft)
 • Total3,917
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (AST)
Distance:36 km (22 mi) to Comendador

Origin of the nameEdit

The town, and municipality, was named after Pedro Santana, a general of the Independence wars and first president of the Dominican Republic. He was born in Hincha, now a Haitian city ("Hinche") near the the border.


The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 3,917: 2,120 men and 1,797 women. The urban population was 30.5% of the total population.[1]


The old small town of Los Cercadillos was elevated, with the present name, to the category of municipal district of Bánica on 16 September 1942 and to the category of municipality by the Law 3208 of 3 March 1952.[2]


Pedro Santana has an area of 236.1 km2 (91.2 sq mi) and is at 2 km (1.2 mi) to the north of Bánica and at 36 km2 (13.9 sq mi) to the north of Comendador.

The limits of the municipality are the Dajabón province to the northwest, the Santiago Rodríguez province to the northeast, the San Juan province to the east, the municipality of Bánica to the south and Haiti to the west.

Administrative divisionEdit

The municipality of Pedro Santana has only one municipal district;[1] this is:

Municipal district of Pedro Santana
Code Municipal district Population
070502 Río Limpio 3,364 312.2 10.8


The main economic activity of the municipality is farming.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. Féliz, Werner D. (2004). División político-territorial dominicana 1944-2004 (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: CONAU. p. 56. ISBN 999349391-0.