El Sauce, León
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A street in El Sauce.
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El Sauce (Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈsause]) is a municipality in the León department of Nicaragua. Located in the foothills of the Segovia Mountains, the population is 30,707 people, the geographic coordinates are 86°32'0" West and 12°53'0" North, and the area is 629.97 km2.
El Sauce was originally called Guayabal. The town gained much attention when a statue called the Black Christ of Esquipulas was sent there from Guatemala was placed for the first time under a willow tree. From then, the area was renamed "El Sauce".
During the decade of 1900, El Sauce was a railway crossing which included items such as coffee and animals being moved to the port city of Corinto. The railway closed 40 years ago because it was sold as scrap, an event that had significant impact on the railway closure. El Sauce is still a small town dedicated to agricultural production, bees, and livestock.
The town was the site of a battle that pitted the American Marines and Nicaraguan National Guardsmen against Sandinista rebels on December 26, 1932 during the Sandino Rebellion. It was the last major action of the war.
In 1971, El Sauce had a population of 12,869 inhabitants. In 1995 the population grew to 24,289 inhabitants, which represents 7.36% of total department. The annual growth rate of the municipality of the last inter-census period (1971–1995) was 2.82%.
- "Bienvenidos a El Municipio de El Sauce. León, Nicaragüa". manfut.org. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
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