Dajabón Province

Dajabón
Province
Country  Dominican Republic
Capital Dajabón
 - elevation 35 m (115 ft)
 - coordinates 19°34′0″N 71°42′36″W / 19.566667°N 71.71°W / 19.566667; -71.71
Area 1,020.73 km2 (394 sq mi)
Population 62,046 (2002)
Density 60.8 / km2 (157 / sq mi)
Province since 1938
Subdivisions 5 municipalities
4 municipal districts
Congresspersons 1 Senator
2 Deputies
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
Area code 1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2 DO-05
Postal Code 63000
Location of the Dajabón Province

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.

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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 2002 census.[2]

Municipality Total
population
Urban
population
Rural
population
Dajabón &1000000000002568500000025,685 &1000000000001632800000016,328 &100000000000093570000009,357
El Pino &100000000000066200000006,620 &100000000000015880000001,588 &100000000000050320000005,032
Loma de Cabrera &1000000000001527100000015,271 &100000000000069380000006,938 &100000000000083330000008,333
Partido &100000000000075620000007,562 &100000000000022540000002,254 &100000000000053080000005,308
Restauración &100000000000069080000006,908 &100000000000021100000002,110 &100000000000047980000004,798
Dajabón province &1000000000006204600000062,046 &1000000000002921800000029,218 &1000000000003282800000032,828

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) (PDF). http://www.one.gob.do/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=1098. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  2. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "VIII Censo 2002 Población y Vivienda" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://one.gob.do/censo/volumen_I_pdf.zip. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 

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