Apopa

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Apopa
Apopa Entrance 2012.jpg
Apopa is located in El Salvador
Apopa
Apopa
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°48′N 89°11′W / 13.800°N 89.183°W / 13.800; -89.183
Country Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador
Department San Salvador Department
Population
 • Total 217,733

Apopa is a municipality in the San Salvador department of El Salvador. Probably the seventh biggest city in El Salvador with a little more than 150,000 people, the city has now collided with Soyapango and San Salvador, making it part of the Great San Salvador Metro (with a 1,900,000 2010 population estimate).

Toponymy[edit]

The toponym Apopa means "a place with mist".

Geography[edit]

Hydography: The rivers crossing this municipality are Acelhuate, Las Cañas, Guaycume and Tomayate river.

Dimensions: The area is 51.84 km²

Orography: The hills within this municipality are El Sartén and El Guaycume hills.

History[edit]

Streets of Apopa in 1990, photographed by Linda Hess Miller

The people of Apopa, were a part of the department of San Salvador from June 12, 1824, until March 9, 1836 when it transferred to the federal district of the Central American Federation until June 30, 1839 when it again returned to a municipality of the northern district of San Salvador with the dissolution of the Central American Federation.

As a municipality, Apopa by November 14, 1860 had a population of 2194. Its jurisdiction included three farms: The Angel Arrasola, San José and San Nicolás. The latter purchased by the Municipal Corporation. To cooperate in their acquisition, the General President of the Republic Don Gerardo Barrios by act of January 28, 1865 made Apopa head of the northern district with jurisdiction over San Martin, Nejapan and Tonacatepeque. On March 7, 1874 during the administration of Field Marshal Don Santiago Gonzales Apopa was awarded the title of Villa Apopa. In 1878 the district increased with the incorporation of the municipality of El Paisnal. In 1892 Apopa stopped being head of the former district and became part of the new district Tonacatepeque. On June 7, 1921 during the administration of Jorge Meléndez Apopa was conferred the title of the city of Villa Apopa.

Sports[edit]

The local professional football club is named C.D. Vendaval Apopa and it currently plays in the Salvadoran Second Division after they merged with Chalatenango.

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Coordinates: 13°48′N 89°11′W / 13.800°N 89.183°W / 13.800; -89.183