Palma Soriano municipality (red) within
Santiago Province (yellow) and Cuba
|Province||Santiago de Cuba|
|• Total||845.8 km2 (326.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||150 m (490 ft)|
|• Density||147.3/km2 (382/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||+53 22|
Palma Soriano is a Cuban city and municipality in the Santiago de Cuba Province. With a population of 76,179 in the city proper, it is the 2nd in the province and the 16th in Cuba. It is a sister city with Berkeley, California.
The municipality is divided into the localities of Alto Cedro, Caney del Sitio, Guaninao, José Martí, Juan Barón, La Concepción, Las Cuchillas, Los Dorados, Norte, Palmarito de Cauto, San Leandro, San Ramón, Santa Filomena and Sur.
The city of Palma Soriano is located on the banks of the upper Cauto River. The city was founded in 1825, uniting ranches (haciendas) that stood in this area, and was the place where the body of José Martí (the leader of the Cuban independence movement, killed in 1895, in the Battle of Dos Ríos.) was brought before it was laid in its final resting place in Santiago de Cuba.
In 2004, the municipality of Palma Soriano had a population of 124,585. With a total area of 846 km2 (327 sq mi), it has a population density of 147.3/km2 (382/sq mi).
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