Puerto Plata Province
Aerial view of the city of Puerto Plata
|Development region||Cibao Norte (I)|
|- elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
|Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Area||1,805.6 km² (697 sq mi)|
|Population||321,597 (2010) |
|Density||178 /km² (461 /sq mi)|
12 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
The province is named after its capital city, Puerto Plata. When Christopher Columbus visited the northern coast of the Hispaniola island for the first time, on 11 January 1493, he saw a mountain with clouds on its top and he gave it the name of Monte de Plata ("Mountain of Silver"). The town that was founded on the foot of that mountain was called Puerto de Plata ("Port of Silver"); the name was changed later to just Puerto Plata.
The first European town, La Isabela, was founded by Columbus in January 1493 by Columbus near the city of Puerto Plata; the city of Puerto Plata was founded in 1502.
In 1605, the towns of Puerto Plata along with Monte Cristi, Bayajá and La Yaguana were destroyed by the governor, Antonio de Osorio. All the people living in those towns had to move to places closer to the capital due to the amount of illegal trade happening in these towns. These towns formed what are now Monte Plata and Bayaguana.
It was created as a Maritime District (a special administrative category similar to a province and that has been abandoned) in 1865. It was part of the Santiago province before being elevated to the category of province. The 1907 Dominican Constitution changed its status to province with the municipalities of Puerto Plata, Altamira, Blanco and Bajabonico.
In 1959, Puerto Plata was confirmed as a province with the municipalities of Puerto Plata, Altamira, Imbert and Luperón, and the municipal district of Sosúa; its capital was San Felipe de Puerto Plata.
La Isabela and Estero Hondo became municipal districts in 1998; Belloso, Cabarete and Sabaneta de Yásica in 2002; La Jaiba in 2003; Yásica Arriba in 2005; Maimón, Río Grande and Estrecho de Luperón - Omar Bross in 2006; and Gualete in 2007.
The Puerto Plata province is along the northern coast of the island. To the north, it has the Atlantic Ocean; to the east, the Espaillat province; to the south, the Santiago and Valverde provinces; and to the west, the Monte Cristi province.
Its population represents 3.4% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 6th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
Most of the population is composed of blacks and mulattoes.
The Puerto Plata province has a total area of 1,805.6 km2 (697.1 sq mi). It has 3.7% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 10th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
The Cordillera Septentrional ("Northern mountain range") runs along the southern half of the province. Another mountain range is Sierra Atravesada that goes from the Cordillera Septentrional to the coast. The mountain "Isabel de Torres" (the "Monte de Plata" of Columbus) is close to the city of San Felipe de Puerto Plata.
Because the Cordillera Septentrional is close to the coast, rivers in this province are short. The most important rivers are Bajabonico, Yásica and Camú del Norte.
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|San Felipe de Puerto Plata (180101)||128,240||210.7||608.6||44|
|Yásica Arriba (180102)||8,791||128.7||68.3||530|
|Puerto Plata (180100)||158,756||503.0||315.6|
|Río Grande (180202)||4,575||74.1||61.7||500|
|Los Hidalgos (180501)||9,050||65.1||139.0||146|
|Los Hidalgos (180500))||12,639||97.5||194.1|
|La Isabela (180602)||1,677||44.7||37.5||147|
|El Estrecho de Luperón Omar Bross (180604)||2,841||22.5||126.3||83|
|Sabaneta de Yásica (180703)||5,334||22.3||239.2||5|
|Villa Isabela (180801)||9,746||48.7||200.1||42|
|Estero Hondo (180802)||3,104||66.1||47.0||17|
|La Jaiba (180803)||2,273||57.4||39.6||166|
|Villa Isabela (180800))||17,169||211.7||81.1|
|Villa Montellano (180901)||19,717||71.9||274.2||17|
|Villa Montellano (180900))||19,717||71.9||274.2|
|Puerto Plata (180000)||321,597||1,805.6||178.1|
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