Dajabón Province

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Dajabón
Flag of Dajabón
Flag
Coat of arms of Dajabón
Coat of arms
Location of the Dajabón Province
Location of the Dajabón Province
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1938
Government
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body5 municipalities
4 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator
2 Deputies
Area
 • Total1,020.73 km2 (394.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total87,274
 • Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-05
Postal Code63000

Dajabón (Spanish pronunciation: [daxaˈβon]) is a province of the Dominican Republic, on the border with Haiti. Its capital city is also called Dajabón.

It was split from Monte Cristi province in 1938, and was called Libertador until 1961.

Location

It is located in the northwestern part of the country, and is surrounded by the provinces Monte Cristi (north), Santiago Rodríguez (east) and Elías Piña (south). To the west, Dajabón borders the Republic of Haiti.

Origin of name

The province takes its name from the Taíno name of the region, Dahaboon; it was also the name of the main river of the region (the Dajabón River).

Municipalities and municipal districts

The province as of June 20, 2006 is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them:[1]

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2014 estimate. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside them.The population figures are from the 2014 population estimate.[2]

Municipality Total
population
Urban
population
Rural
population
Dajabón 40,687 31,146 9,541
El Pino 7,212 1,689 5,523
Loma de Cabrera 23,211 4,852 18,359
Partido 7,952 3,211 4,741
Restauración 8,212 3,715 4,497
Dajabón province 87,274 44,613 42,661

Geography

Landscape of Dajabón

The Cordillera Central ("Central mountain chain") is found in the southern part of the province. The northern part is flat, with many savannas; it is part of the Yaque del Norte Valley (or Línea Noroeste).

Rivers

The only important river in the province is the Dajabón River, also known as Masacre (from French Massacre). This river marks the Dominican-Haitian border from the city of Dajabón to its mouth. Other rivers are very short and they are tributaries of the Dajabon or the Artibonite rivers.

Climate

The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year, but it is cooler on the mountains.

Economy

As in all border provinces in the Dominican Republic, there is little economic development. The trade with Haiti is important, mostly in the city of Dajabón. On the mountains, production of coffee and beans is an important activity. Rice and banana are produced in the northern part of the province, and cattle raising is important in the savannas around the city of Dajabón.

Popular culture

Dajabon is the reputed birthplace of famed Latin American singer Angela Carrasco, although she claims to have been born in Santo Domingo.

References

  1. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  2. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-02-02.[permanent dead link]

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