Cardenal Caro

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Cardenal Caro
Provincia Cardenal Caro
Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, on March 12, 2011.
Government of Cardenal Caro Province building, on March 12, 2011.
Official seal of Cardenal Caro
Coat of arms of Cardenal Caro
Coat of arms
Location of Cardenal Caro Province in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region
Location of Cardenal Caro Province in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Cardenal Caro
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 34°22′S 71°51′W / 34.367°S 71.850°W / -34.367; -71.850Coordinates: 34°22′S 71°51′W / 34.367°S 71.850°W / -34.367; -71.850
Country Chile
Region O'Higgins
Founded October 3, 1979[1]
Capital Pichilemu
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Teresa Núñez Cornejo[2]
 • Total 3,324.8 km2 (1,283.7 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 39,068
 • Density 12/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Urban 18,433
 • Rural 22,727
 • Men 22,127
 • Women 19,033
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 72
Website Government of Cardenal Caro

Cardenal Caro (Spanish: Provincia Cardenal Caro) is one of the three provinces of the central Chilean region of O'Higgins (VI). The capital of Cardenal Caro is Pichilemu.[6]

The province is named after Cardinal José María Caro Rodríguez, native of Pichilemu, and who was the first Cardinal of Chile.


Logo used by the Government on social networks, since 2014

On July 13, 1973, President Salvador Allende Gossens decreed the creation of the Cardenal Caro Department. The decreed was published in the Diario Oficial de la República de Chile in August of the same year, making it official.[1] Marchigüe was declared the capital. However, the coup d'état that occurred in September of that year made the decree "dead text".[1]

The province of Cardenal Caro was created on October 3, 1979 by General Augusto Pinochet.[1] The communes of Litueche (formerly El Rosario), La Estrella, Marchihue, Paredones, and Pichilemu, originally from Colchagua Province; and Navidad, originally from San Antonio Province, formed the province.[1]


As a province, Cardenal Caro is a second-level administrative division of Chile, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president. The province is composed by six communes (Spanish: comunas), each of which is governed by a popularly elected alcalde.


Communes of Cardenal Caro
  1. Navidad
  2. Litueche
  3. La Estrella
  4. Pichilemu
  5. Marchihue
  6. Paredones
Cardenal Caro Province map - numbered.svg

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 3,324.7 km2 (1,284 sq mi)[3] and had a population of 41,160 inhabitants (22,127 men and 19,033 women), giving it a population density of 12.4/km2 (32/sq mi). Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 11.2% (4,151 persons). persons).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Saldías, Washington (October 3, 2005). "Provincia Cardenal Caro de cumpleaños" (in Spanish). Pichilemu, Chile: Pichilemu News. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ El Expreso de la Costa, March 2014, page 5.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Información Cívica" (in Spanish). Pichilemu, Chile: Government of Cardenal Caro Province. 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

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