Monte Plata

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This article is about the municipality. For the province, see Monte Plata Province.
Monte Plata
Municipality
Monte Plata is located in the Dominican Republic
Monte Plata
Monte Plata
Coordinates: 18°48′36″N 69°47′24″W / 18.81000°N 69.79000°W / 18.81000; -69.79000Coordinates: 18°48′36″N 69°47′24″W / 18.81000°N 69.79000°W / 18.81000; -69.79000
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Monte Plata
Founded 1606
Area[1]
 • Total 623.55 km2 (240.75 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 56 m (184 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 57,553
 • Density 92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Municipal Districts 3
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

153 km
Climate Af

Monte Plata is a municipality (municipio) and the capital of the Monte Plata province in the Dominican Republic. It includes the municipal districts (distritos municipal) of Boyá, Chirino, and Don Juan.[3]

History[edit]

Monte Plata was founded by residents of the towns of Monte Cristi and Puerto Plata, whose destruction was ordered by the king of Spain and carried-out by Antonio Ozorio, Governor of the Island. The name is a portmanteau of the names of the two cities MONTE Cristi and Puerto PLATA. The founders of Monte Plata were 87 families from the two previously mentioned cities.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Monte Plata (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33.7
(92.7)
33.7
(92.7)
35.8
(96.4)
36.9
(98.4)
37.9
(100.2)
36.7
(98.1)
36.6
(97.9)
37.8
(100)
37.9
(100.2)
36.6
(97.9)
35.8
(96.4)
33.7
(92.7)
37.9
(100.2)
Average high °C (°F) 29.5
(85.1)
30.1
(86.2)
31.3
(88.3)
32.3
(90.1)
32.6
(90.7)
33.0
(91.4)
33.1
(91.6)
33.0
(91.4)
32.9
(91.2)
32.2
(90)
31.0
(87.8)
29.5
(85.1)
31.7
(89.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
19.1
(66.4)
20.0
(68)
20.7
(69.3)
21.8
(71.2)
22.3
(72.1)
22.4
(72.3)
22.3
(72.1)
22.1
(71.8)
21.8
(71.2)
20.6
(69.1)
19.4
(66.9)
20.9
(69.6)
Record low °C (°F) 12.9
(55.2)
14.8
(58.6)
14.7
(58.5)
14.9
(58.8)
16.4
(61.5)
15.4
(59.7)
19.4
(66.9)
17.3
(63.1)
18.9
(66)
18.6
(65.5)
15.7
(60.3)
13.9
(57)
12.9
(55.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 60.9
(2.398)
78.1
(3.075)
102.3
(4.028)
120.1
(4.728)
256.1
(10.083)
232.3
(9.146)
232.0
(9.134)
327.6
(12.898)
252.4
(9.937)
211.7
(8.335)
118.1
(4.65)
67.2
(2.646)
2,058.8
(81.055)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 6.4 6.4 7.1 8.0 14.0 14.5 14.6 16.1 14.4 13.6 9.6 8.2 132.9
Source: NOAA[4]

Hydrology[edit]

In the municipality the main rivers are the Ozama and the Yabacao. Other rivers are the tributaries, Yamasá, Mijo, Sabita and Guanuma.

Culture[edit]

Monte Plata possesses a wealth of folkloric elements and rich culture. Some of its best-known cultural elements are its folk songs, folk dances, oral and written traditions, historic monuments, and popular folk beliefs.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. 20 June 2006. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Monte Plata Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 18, 2016.