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 May 16, 1909 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of Azua Province before reform in 1845, 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 Provincia Nacional, Distrito de Santo Domingo
Duarte February 27, 1897 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of La Vega Province before reform in 1845, became province on February 27, 1897 Distrito Pacifícador, Pacifícador
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 Province; Jagua, Cotuí, San Francisco de Macorís, & San Antonio del Yuna separated from La Vega Province; and Matanzas separated from Samaná Province so this province could be created.
Hato Mayor January 1, 1992 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 Taken out of old La Altagracia Province (capital La Romana) which was split into two.
La Romana August 11, 1961 Taken out of old La Altagracia Province (capital La Romana) which was split into two.
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, 1992 Separated from La Vega Province
Monte Cristi September 9, 1907 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of Santiago Province before reform in 1845, became a province on September 9, 1907 Distrito Marítimo Occidental
Monte Plata January 1, 1992 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 February 27, 1850 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of Santiago Province before reform in 1845, became province on February 27, 1850 Distrito Marítimo del Norte
Samaná June 4, 1867 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of La Vega Province before reform in 1845, 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 January 24, 1907 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts; originally was part of Santo Domingo Province before reform in 1845, 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 Old Capital Old Municipalities Date Created Date of Extinction Province Separated Integrated into/Converted to
La Altagracia La Romana Guaymate, La Romana, Salvaleón de Higüey, San Rafael del Yuma September 14, 1944 August 11, 1961 Seibo Province La Romana Province, new La Altagracia Province
Monseñor de Meríño Monte Plata Bayaguana, Boca Chica, La Victoria, Monte Plata, Sabana Grande de Boyá,
San Antonio de Guerra, San Luis, Villa Mella, Yamasá
April 12, 1938 March 4, 1946 Trujillo Province Trujillo Province, Distrito Santo Domingo
Ozama Villa Mella Boca Chica, La Victoria, Los Mina, San Antonio de Guerra, San Luis, Villa Mella January 3, 1919 March 1, 1930 Santo Domingo Province Trujillo Province
Provincia Nacional Herrera Herrera, Los Alcarrizos, Los Mina, Pedro Brand, San Luis, Santo Domingo November 10, 1932 January 1, 1935 Santo Domingo Province Distrito Nacional
(all the municipalities merged to one, SDG)
Santo Domingo San Cristóbal Baní, Bayaguana, Boca Chica, Herrera, La Victoria, Los Alcarrizos, Los Mina,
Monte Plata, Pedro Brand, Sabana Grande de Boyá, San Antonio de Guerra,
San Cristóbal, San Luis, Santo Domingo, Villa Mella, Yamasá
March 12, 1844 November 10, 1932 One of the Original 5 Provinces and 6 Districts Trujillo Province, Provincia Nacional

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