La Vega (city)

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La Vega
Municipality
From top to bottom and from left to right: Plaza Duarte, Juan Bosch Building, Inmaculada Concepción school, Padre Fantino Park, Court Of Justice, City Hall
From top to bottom and from left to right: Plaza Duarte, Juan Bosch Building, Inmaculada Concepción school, Padre Fantino Park, Court Of Justice, City Hall
La Vega is located in the Dominican Republic
La Vega
La Vega
Coordinates: 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22000°N 70.53000°W / 19.22000; -70.53000Coordinates: 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22000°N 70.53000°W / 19.22000; -70.53000
Country  Dominican Republic
Province La Vega
Founded 1494
Municipality since 1844
Area[1]
 • Total 639.85 km2 (247.05 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2012)[3]
 • Total 235,698
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
 • Demonym Vegano(a)
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

125 km
Municipal Districts
2
Website http://www.alcaldiavegana.com/

La Vega, or Concepción de La Vega is the largest city and municipality of the central Dominican Republic and the third of the whole country. This city is known as the heart of the Dominican Republic for its geographical position and its large agricultural production methods throughout the province with the same name "Provincia de La Vega".

History[edit]

Christopher Columbus built a small fort near present-day La Vega, in 1494. It was intended to guard the route to the interior gold deposits of the Cibao valley. A Spanish settlement known as Concepción de la Vega gradually grew up around the fort, and after 1508, when gold was found in quantity there, Concepción became the first gold boomtown in the continent. By 1510 it was one of the largest and most important European cities in the hemisphere. The town was destroyed and buried by an earthquake on December 2, 1562, and the survivors relocated to the present site on the banks of the Camú River. The site of the ruined town remained largely in farmland until a small portion of the original city was purchased by the Dominican government in the mid-1970s and renamed as National Park of Concepción de La Vega.

Sectors[edit]

  • Arenoso (surrounding areas)
  • Barrio Guarionex
  • Barrio Loteria
  • Barrio Militar
  • Barrio X
  • Bayacanes (surrounding areas)
  • Carmelitas
  • Centro Ciudad (Margarita)
    Centro Ciudad sector
  • Conani
  • Cutupú (surrounding areas)
  • Don Bosco
  • Don Pedro
  • El Bolsillo
  • El Campito
  • El Cerro (surrounding areas)
  • El Ensueño
  • El Napoles
  • El Riito
  • Ensanche Duarte
  • Gamundi
  • Guaigui (surrounding areas)
  • La Arboleda
  • La Boca Del Lobo
  • Las Carolinas
  • La Enramada
  • La Cigua
  • La Planta
  • La Riviera
  • Las Marias
  • Licey (surrounding areas)
  • Los Pomos
  • Los Robles
  • Los Multi-Familiares (Viejos y Nuevos)
  • Palmarito
  • Parque Hostos
    Parque Hostos sector
  • Ponton
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rancho Abajo (surrounding areas)
  • Residencial Chimbin
  • Residencial Coral
  • Río Verde Abajo (surrounding areas)
  • Río Verde Arriba (surrounding areas)
  • San Antonio
  • San Martin
  • San Miguel
  • Santo Domingo Sabio
  • Soto (surrounding areas)
  • Villa Carolinas
  • Villa Francisca
  • Villa Francisca II
  • Villa Margarita
  • Villa Mera
  • Villa Real
  • Villa Hollywood
  • Villa Lora
  • Villa Rosa
  • Zafaraya

Government[edit]

Person Occupation Political Party
Alexis pérez Mayor PLD
Vice Mayor PLD
Andrés Céspedes Governor PLD
Mario José Hidalgo Deputy PLD
Euclides Sánchez Tavárez Senator PLD
Gilda Moronta Guzmán Deputy PLD
Aridio Antonio Reyes Deputy PLD
Elpdio Infante Galán Deputy PRD
Hugo Núñez Almonte Deputy PRD
Radhamés Ramos García Deputy PRD

Economy[edit]

The local industries are based upon cacao, coffee, tobacco, rice, and cattle production. There is also a small but very famous brewery called Cervecería Vegana known for its pilsener-style beers, named Quisqueya and Soberana. There is a factory known for making the famous sausage Induveca.

Geography[edit]

La Vega is bounded on the north by the Camú River. This river flows about 100 kilometers before emptying into Yuna River. South of the city is the Cordillera Central, the largest mountain system of the Dominican Republic. El Ponton Field, a local airport, bounds the city on the east. To La Vega's west are the Camú River again and Montellano.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

There is an extension of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña and there is the Universidad Católica Tecnológica del Cibao. Since 2005 the national and local governments are planning to build an extension of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, but there are some conflicts and the project is behind schedule. This city also has one of the most expensive schools in the country, the famous Colegio Agustiniano, which is the only in the country.

Private, public, and high schools[edit]

Eugenio María de Hostos School
Private Schools & High schools Public Schools & High Schools
Agustiniano Arenoso School
Cardenal Sancha Don Pepe Alvarez High School
La Vega Christian School Del Carmen School
Don Luis Despradel Garcia Godoy
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Mercedez Morel
Immacualada Concepción Mitila Grullón
Nuveluz Elementary Private School Mercedez Morel
Padre Fantino Bilingual School Padre Lamarche
Santo Tomás De Aquino San Miguel Elementary School
U.N.P.H.U. San Antonio Public school
Vega Nueva San Martín De Porres

The Book Fair[edit]

Annually, the famous Feria del Libro de República Dominicana (Dominican Republic Book Fair) takes place in the city of La Vega. In this fair most of the famous books and literary works from Dominicans writers such as Juan Bosch, Joaquín Balaguer, w:es:Federico García Godoy, among others, and international writers such as Gabriela Mistral, Rubén Darío, Gabriel García Márquez, among others, are sold, and some theatrical works are shown to the public. The fair is celebrated each year in the month of September, lasting about one week, and brings to this city all the editors from all around the country, selling many kinds of books, theatrical works, etc.

Transportation[edit]

There are many bus companies which travel between La Vega other cities like: Santo Domingo, Santiago, Samana, Puerto Plata, and others. There is also El Ponton Field, which serves domestics flights.

Sports[edit]

Each year between the months of October and December a basketball tournament is held in this city, it is called in Spanish Torneo Superior de Baloncesto de La Vega in English Superior Basketball Tournament of La Vega, This tournament started on October 1994 (after a time of political and cultural crisis between the years 1978 and October 1994). But the same team still active after all. One of them disappearing (El Country).

a match being held between La Matica and Enrriquillo
Years Club DOSA Club Enriquillo Club La Matica Club Parque Hostos Club Villa
1994 did not compete disqualified Champion disqualified runner up
1995 did not compete disqualified disqualified Champion runner up
1996 did not compete canceled canceled disqualified disqualified
1997 did not compete disqualified disqualified runner up Champion
1998 Champion disqualified runner up disqualified disqualified
1999 disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified Runner up
2000 disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified Runner up
2001 Runner up disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified
2002 disqualified disqualified Runner up Champion disqualified
2003 disqualified Champion disqualified Runner up disqualified
2004 disqualified disqualified Runner up Champion disqualified
2005 disqualified disqualified Runner up Champion disqualified
2006 disqualified disqualified Runner up Champion disqualified
2007 disqualified disqualified Runner up Champion disqualified
2008 Champion disqualified disqualified Runner up disqualified
2009 Runner up disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified
2010 Runner up disqualified Champion disqualified disqualified
2011 disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified Runner up
2012 Champion Runner up disqualified disqualified disqualified
2013 Runner up disqualified disqualified Champion disqualified
2014 Champion disqualified disqualified Runner up disqualified
  • El Parque Hostos is the most winning team with nine crowns (1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013) and four times as runner up (1997,2003,2008, 2014).
  • La Matica is the second most winning team with five crowns (1994, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2011), six times as first runner up (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and qualified to the finals in 1996 but that year's finale was eventually canceled.
  • DOSA is the third most winning team with four crowns (1998, 2008, 2012, 2014) and four times as first runner up (2001, 2009, 2010, 2013).
  • La Villa is the fourth most winning team with one crown (1997) and four times as runner up (1994, 1999, 2000, 2011).
  • Enriquillo is the fifth most winning team with just one crown (2003), one time as first runner up (2012) and qualified to the finals in 1996 but that year's finale was eventually canceled.
  • In the tournament number 19 (2012) was the first time in the history of this tournament that none of the most winning teams Club La Matica & Club Parque Hostos didn't advance to the final.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. 
  3. ^ Censo 2012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica

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