Independencia Province

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Statue of the Taino Enriquillo.
Statue of the Taino Enriquillo.
Coat of arms of Independencia
Location of Independencia Province
Location of Independencia Province
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1948
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body6 municipalities
6 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator
2 Deputies
 • Total2,006.44 km2 (774.69 sq mi)
 • Total74,583
 • Density37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (EST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-10
Postal Code83000

Independencia (Spanish pronunciation: [indepenˈdensja]) is a province of the Dominican Republic, located in the west, on the border with Haiti. Its capital is Jimani. The province was created in 1948 but was made official in 1950. Before its creation, it was part of the Baoruco Province. The name was given in remembrance of the National Independence of February 27, 1844.


The province Independencia was founded in the lands that in previous times belonged to a Cacique called Ximani who was related to the cacicazgo of Xaragua. Little is known of Ximani as the ties with between the natives of Ximani and the Spanish were practically non-existent. The law that created this province, December 29, 1948, had originally assigned the name of "Provincia de Jimaní" to the province. The name was then changed January 28, 1949, to "Provincia Nueva Era". The name was then finally changed to the present one, "Independence", on May 13, 1949.

Municipalities and municipal districts[edit]

La Descubierta Town.

The province as of June 20, 2006, is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distritos municipales - D.M.) within the latter:[1]

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts, with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras, literally "heads") of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones, literally "sections") and neighborhoods (Parajes, literally "places") outside of them.[2]

For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.

South shore of Lake Enriquillo, looking northward to the Sierra de Neiba mountains, Independencia Province, Dominican Republic (2007)
Name Total population Urban population Rural population
Cristóbal 7,952 2,967 4,985
Duvergé 25,971 15,452 10,519
Jimaní 19,263 11,742 7,521
La Descubierta 10,022 5,767 4,255
Mella 5,052 4,131 921
Postrer Río 6,323 2,338 3,985
Independencia province 74,583 42,397 32,186

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Censos y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved January 11, 2012.[permanent dead link]

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