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Cotuí is located in the Dominican Republic
Cotuí in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°03′36″N 70°09′0″W / 19.06000°N 70.15000°W / 19.06000; -70.15000Coordinates: 19°03′36″N 70°09′0″W / 19.06000°N 70.15000°W / 19.06000; -70.15000
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Sánchez Ramírez
Founded 1505
Municipality since 1847
 • Total 619.88 km2 (239.34 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 66 m (217 ft)
Population (2012)[3]
 • Total 79,596
 • Density 130/km2 (330/sq mi)
 • Urban 48,998
 • Demonym Cotuisano(a)
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

105 km
Municipal Districts 4
Climate Af

Cotuí is a city in the Dominican Republic and is one of the oldest cities of the New World. It is the capital of Sánchez Ramírez Province in the Cibao. It was founded in 1510 by Rodrigo de Trujillo for order of Nicolas de Ovando, who was the governor of Hispaniola. Cotuí was the name of an aboriginal Caribbean tribe leader (Cotoy) who governed the area. The city is well known for its gold, silver, iron, bauxite, marble and nickel mines, its rich soils and the largest artificial lake in the Caribbean, Presa de Hatillo. It is also known for its crystal clear rivers, and its caverns (prehistoric caves called Guácaras). It produces rice, plantains, cacao, pineapples, passion fruits, and yams. Cotui is also the hometown of Mets pitcher Duaner Sánchez and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher José Capellán as well as the home town of artist Ana L. Ferreira who lives in Westchester County, New York.

Other major towns near Cotuí in Sánchez Ramírez, are Villa La Mata, Fantino, La Cueva and Cevicos.


  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