List of Dominican Provinces by date of provincehood

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The following table presents a listing of the Dominican Republic's provinces and the dates of their creation.

Province Date Created Preceding Entity Old Names
Azua March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts
Baoruco March 10, 1943 Separated from Barahona Province
Barahona March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; became province on May 16, 1909 Distrito Marítimo del Sur
Dajabón April 19, 1938 Separated from Monte Cristi Province Libertador
Distrito Nacional November 11, 1932 Santo Domingo Separated into two Provinces Santo Domingo, Distrito de Santo Domingo
Duarte March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; Became province on February 27, 1897 Distrito Pacificador
Elías Piña September 16, 1942 Separated from Benefactor Province San Rafael, La Estrelleta
El Seibo March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts Seibo
Espaillat February 27, 1885 Moca and Juana Núñez Separated from Puerto Plata and Jagua Separated from La Vega to create province.
Hato Mayor May 1, 1990 Separated from El Seibo Province
Hermanas Mirabal March 3, 1952 Separated from Espaillat Province Salcedo
Independencia January 1, 1950 Separated from Baoruco Province Jimaní, Nueva Era
La Altagracia August 11, 1961 This province was Separated into two Higüey
La Romana August 11, 1961 This province was Separated into two Higüey
La Vega March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts
María Trinidad Sánchez February 27, 1959 Separated from Samaná Province Julia Molina
Monseñor Nouel January 1, 1991 Separated from La Vega Province
Monte Cristi March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; Became a province on September 9, 1907 Distrito Marítimo Occidental
Monte Plata January 1, 1991 Separated from San Cristóbal Province
Pedernales December 16, 1957 Separated from Barahona Province
Peravia November 23, 1944 Separated from Azua Province Baní, José Trujillo Valdez
Puerto Plata March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; Became province on February 27, 1850 Distrito Marítimo del Norte
Samaná March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; Became province on June 4, 1867 Distrito Marítimo Oriental
Sánchez Ramírez July 9, 1952 Separated from Duarte Province
San Cristóbal November 11, 1932 Santo Domingo Separated into two Provinces Ozama, Trujillo
San José de Ocoa January 1, 2002 Separated from Peravia Province
San Juan June 20, 1938 Separated from Azua Province Benefactor, San Juan de la Maguana
San Pedro de Macorís March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; Became province on January 24, 1907 Distrito Marítimo Centrosur
Santiago March 12, 1844 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts
Santiago Rodríguez October 22, 1948 Separated from Monte Cristi Province
Santo Domingo October 16, 2001 Separated from Distrito Nacional
Valverde January 1, 1959 Separated from Santiago Mao

Extinct Province[edit]

There were two provinces that are extinct in the Dominican Republic.

Extinct Province Date Created Date of Extinction Province Separated Turned into
La Altagracia (Higüey) September 14, 1944 August 11, 1961 Seibo Province La Romana Province, La Altagracia
Monseñor de Meríño April 12, 1938 March 4, 1939 Trujillo Province Trujillo Province, Distrito de Santo Domingo
Ozama January 3, 1919 November 10, 1932 Santo Domingo Province Trujillo Province, Distrito de Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo March 12, 1844 November 10, 1932 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts Trujillo Province, Distrito de Santo Domingo

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