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El Cercado

San Pedro de El Cercado
San Pedro de El Cercado
San Pedro de El Cercado
El Cercado in the Dominican Republic

Coordinates: 18°43′48″N 71°31′12″W / 18.73000°N 71.52000°W / 18.73000; -71.52000Coordinates: 18°43′48″N 71°31′12″W / 18.73000°N 71.52000°W / 18.73000; -71.52000

Country  Dominican Republic
Province San Juan
Area[1]
 • Total 283.05 km2 (109.29 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 25,688
 • Density 91/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,585
Municipal Districts
2

El Cercado is a town in the San Juan province of the Dominican Republic.

History

The community of El Cercado was founded in 1845 by President Pedro Santana. It previously belonged to the municipality of Bánica and was called the Sabana del Bohío, and was elevated to town by President Fernando Arturo de Meriño in 1888. The first families to settle in this area were Florencio Montero, Telésforo de Oleo, Encarnación, Manuelica y Fidel Matos and Leonardo Brito. El Cercado people have the reputation for being very hospitable, friendly and kind.

The main economic source is agriculture consisting of cattle, snuff, honey, wax, leather and coffee. The main form of communication was the horse, which started the mail service.

References

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  • World Gazeteer: Dominican Republic – World-Gazetteer.com
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