La Vega, Dominican Republic
La Vega, or Concepción de La Vega is the third largest city and municipality of the Dominican Republic. It is in La Vega Province; the city is known as the heart of the Dominican Republic for its geographical position and its large agricultural production methods throughout its province. Christopher Columbus built a small fort near present-day La Vega, in 1494, intended to guard the route to the interior gold deposits of the Cibao valley. A Spanish settlement known as Concepción de la Vega grew up around the fort. After 1508, when gold was found in quantity there, Concepción became the first gold boomtown in the island. By 1510 it was one of the most important European cities in the hemisphere; the town was destroyed and buried by an earthquake on December 2, 1562, the survivors moved to the present site on the banks of the Camú River. The site of the ruined town remained farmland until a small part of the original city was bought by the Dominican government in the mid-1970s and renamed as National Park of Concepción de La Vega.
Arenoso Brache Batista Barrio Guarionex Barrio Loteria Barrio Militar Barrio X Bayacanes Carmelitas Camboya Centro Ciudad Conani Cutupú Don Bosco Don Pedro El Bolsillo El Paraiso El Campito El Cerro El Ensueño El Napoles El Riito Ensanche Duarte Gamundi Guaigui La Arboleda La Boca Del Lobo Las Carolinas La Enramada La Cigua La Planta La Riviera Las Marias Licey Los Pomos Los Robles Los Multi-Familiares Palmarito Parque Hostos Ponton Puerto Rico Rancho Abajo Residencial Chimbin Residencial Coral Río Verde Abajo Río Verde Arriba San Antonio San Martin San Miguel Santo Domingo Sabio Soto Villa Carolinas Villa Olga Villa Francisca Villa Francisca II Villa Margarita Villa Mera Villa Real Villa Hollywood Villa Lora Villa Rosa Zafaraya The local industries are based upon cacao, tobacco and cattle production. There is a small but famous brewery called Cervecería Vegana known for its pilsener-style beers, named Quisqueya and Soberana. There is a factory known for making the famous sausage Induveca.
La Vega is bounded on the north by the Camú River. This river flows about 100 kilometers before emptying into Yuna River. South of the city is the largest mountain system of the Dominican Republic. El Ponton Field, a local airport, bounds the city on the east. To La Vega's west are the Camú River again and Montellano. There is an extension of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña and there is the Universidad Católica Tecnológica del Cibao. Since 2005 the national and local governments are planning to build an extension of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, but there are some conflicts and the project is behind schedule; this city has one of the most expensive schools in the country, the famous Colegio Agustiniano, the only in the country. Laura vicuña Annually, the famous Feria del Libro de República Dominicana takes place in the city of La Vega. In this fair most of the famous books and literary works from Dominicans writers such as Juan Bosch, Joaquín Balaguer, w:es:Federico García Godoy, among others, international writers such as Gabriela Mistral, Rubén Darío, Gabriel García Márquez, among others, are sold, some theatrical works are shown to the public.
The fair is celebrated each year in the month of September, lasting about one week, brings to this city all the editors from all around the country, selling many kinds of books, theatrical works, etc. There are many bus companies which travel between La Vega other cities like: Santo Domingo, Samana, Puerto Plata, others. There is El Ponton Field, which serves domestics flights; each year between the months of October and December a basketball tournament is held in this city, it is called in Spanish Torneo Superior de Baloncesto de La Vega in English Superior Basketball Tournament of La Vega, This tournament started in October 1994. One team is still active, the other disappearing. El Parque Hostos is the most winning team five times as runner up. La Matica is the second most winning team with five crowns, six times as first runner up and qualified to the finals in 1996 but that year's finale was canceled. DOSA is the third most winning team with four times as first runner up. La Villa is the fourth most winning team five times as runner up.
Enriquillo is the fifth most winning team with two crowns, one two as first runner up and qualified to the finals in 1996 but that year's finale was canceled. In the tournament number 19 was the first time in the history of this tournament that none of the most winning teams Club La Matica & Club Parque Hostos didn't advance to the final. Edward Concepcion: professional baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Juan Bosch: famous writer, former President of the Dominican Republic, from February 27, 1963 to September 24, 1963, for decades a top, national political leader Juan Carlos Payano: boxer Victoriano Sosa: Boxer Antonio Guzmán Fernández: former President of the Dominican Republic, 1978–1982 Larimar Fiallo: Miss Dominican Republic 2004 Federico García Godoy: famous writer Francisco Moncio
In Christian theology and ecclesiology, the apostles the Twelve Apostles, were the primary disciples of Jesus. During the life and ministry of Jesus in the 1st century AD, the apostles were his closest followers and became the primary teachers of the gospel message of Jesus. In modern usage, missionaries under Pentecostal movements refer to themselves as apostles, a practice which stems from the Latin equivalent of apostle, i.e. missio, the source of the English word missionary. For example, Saint Patrick was the "Apostle of Ireland", Saint Boniface was the "Apostle to the Germans", Saint José de Anchieta was the "Apostle of Brazil" and Saint Peter of Betancur was the "Apostle of Guatemala". While Christian tradition refers to the apostles as being twelve in number, different gospel writers give different names for the same individual, apostles mentioned in one gospel are not mentioned in others; the commissioning of the Twelve Apostles during the ministry of Jesus is recorded in the Synoptic Gospels.
After his resurrection, Jesus sent eleven of them by the Great Commission to spread his teachings to all nations. This event is called the Dispersion of the Apostles. There is an Eastern Christian tradition derived from the Gospel of Luke of there having been as many as 70 apostles during the time of Jesus' ministry. In early Christianity, Paul, is referred to as an apostle, because he was directly taught and commissioned by a vision of Christ during his journey to Damascus; the period of early Christianity during the lifetimes of the apostles is called the Apostolic Age. During the 1st century AD, the apostles established churches throughout the territories of the Roman Empire and, according to tradition, through the Middle East and India; the word "apostle" comes from the Greek word ἀπόστολος, formed from the prefix ἀπό- and root στέλλω and meaning "messenger, envoy". It has, however, a stronger sense than the word messenger, is closer to a "delegate"; the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament argues that its Christian use translated a Jewish position known in Hebrew as the sheliach.
This ecclesiastical meaning of the word was translated into Latin as missio, the source of the English "missionary". In the New Testament, the majority of the apostles have Hebrew names, although some have Greek names. Many Jews at the time had Greek names as well as Hebrew names. Mark 6:7–13 states that Jesus sent out these twelve in pairs to towns in Galilee; the text states that their initial instructions were to drive out demons. They are instructed to "take nothing for their journey, except a staff only: no bread, no wallet, no money in their purse, but to wear sandals, not put on two tunics", that if any town rejects them they ought to shake the dust off their feet as they leave, a gesture which some scholars think was meant as a contemptuous threat, their carrying of just a staff is sometimes given as the reason for the use by Christian bishops of a staff of office in those denominations that believe they maintain an apostolic succession. In the Gospel narratives the twelve apostles are described as having been commissioned to preach the Gospel to "all the nations", regardless of whether Jew or Gentile.
Paul emphasized the important role of the apostles in the church of God when he said that the household of God is "built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone". Although not one of the apostles commissioned during the life of Jesus, Paul, a Jew named Saul of Tarsus, claimed a special commission from the risen Jesus and is considered "the apostle of the Gentiles", for his missions to spread the gospel message after his conversion. In his writings, the epistles to Christian churches throughout the Levant, Paul did not restrict the term "apostle" to the Twelve, refers to his mentor Barnabas as an apostle; the restricted usage appears in the Revelation to John. By the 2nd century AD, association with the apostles was esteemed as an evidence of authority. Churches which are believed to have been founded by one of the apostles are known. Paul's epistles were accepted as scripture, two of the four canonical gospels were associated with apostles, as were other New Testament works.
Various Christian texts, such as the Didache and the Apostolic Constitutions, were attributed to the apostles. Bishops traced their lines of succession back to individual apostles, who were said to have dispersed from Jerusalem and established churches across great territories. Christian bishops have traditionally claimed authority deriving, by apostolic succession, from the Twelve. Early Church Fathers who came to be associated with apostles, such as Pope Clement I with St. Peter, are referred to as the Apostolic Fathers; the Apostles' Creed, popular in the West, was said to have been composed by the apostles themselves. The three Synoptic Gospels record the circumstances in which some of the disciples were recruited, Matthew only describing the recruitment of Simon, Andrew and John. All three Synoptic Gospels state that these four were recruited soon after Jesus returned from being tempted by the devil. Despite Jesus only requesting that they join him, they are all described as consenting, abandoning their nets to do so.
Traditionally the immediacy of their consent was viewed
Higüey, Dominican Republic
Higüey, or in full Salvaleón de Higüey, is the capital city of the eastern La Altagracia Province, in the Dominican Republic, the eighth largest city of that country. The Yuma River flows through the urban areas of Higüey. Higüey is the name of a former native chiefdom in Hispaniola's easternmost end when Christopher Columbus arrived, it is now one of the country's economically fastest-developing cities, sometimes nicknamed the Capital of Dominican Tourism or the Capital of Stockbreeding. As of 2006, over 150,000 people lived in Higüey; the city thrives chiefly on tourism, with many of its inhabitants employed in the hotel complexes of Punta Cana a few kilometers away, or selling tourist products. The most important monuments in the city are the Basilica of La Altagracia and the Church of San Dionisio, from the 16th century; the city is divided into more than 50 sectors, some of them are, Alta Torre Antonio Guzmán Baja Torre Bávaro Cambelén Juan Pablo Duarte La Florida La Malena La Otra Banda Lagunas de Nisibón Los Guaricanos Los Platanitos Los Sotos Macao Mamá Tingó Naciado Mejía Pepe Rosario Sajour San Francisco San José San Martín Savica Los Rosales Verón-Punta Cana Villa Cerro Villa Higüey Villa Nazaret According to some authors, GUEY or HUIOU is the sun in the Arawakan language of the island's native Taíno people.
Among several Mesoamerican tribes the term means sun, day. Coincidentally, Higüey is located at the island's eastern end, to say, in the region that first receives the rays of the sun, thus the name Higüey might mean land. The economy of Higüey is based on tropical agriculture, livestock and tourism on the coast; the main historical attraction in Higüey is the Cathedral, which displays the "Virgen de la Altagracia", a painting brought by Spanish missionaries in the 15th century. The painting was kept in the 500-year-old church of San Dionisio, which remains in religious use; every year on Virgin of La Altagracia Day,a national holiday, tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the Cathedral. When European settlers invaded Hispanola, this eastern section belonged to the Caíçimu-Higüey kingdom of Taíno Indians. Leaders included Caciques Cotubanamá and Cayacoa, the female Caciqua Higuanamá and other leaders and female; this area became the last to be conquered by the Spanish. Juan de Esquivel led the conquest in 1503, a year after the brutal Nicolás de Ovando was appointed the new colony's governor.
He assigned Esquivél to subjugate the area, justifying the assignment as payback for a Taino attack on 8 Spanish sailors, in turn revenge for Spaniards who slaughtered the Cacique of nearby Saona for sport, setting a battle Mastiff to attack him as he was loading traded cassava bread on a barge. Bartolomé de las Casas participated in and described the Higüey massacre in which the Spanish slaughtered natives who surrendered after a short but heroic resistance. Men and children were disemboweled alive; the Spaniards rounded up and knifed to death yet more. By 1519 the Taíno of the Higüey region were enslaved, their numbers had declined to only 1,189 individuals; the Spanish brought in African slaves. On December 7, 1508, Spanish trade authorities at Seville authorized Higüey to display a Coat of Arms by Royal Privilege, which granted it limited self-government. During the Spanish colonial period, Higüey remained a Parish of El Seibo county. In 1801, a decade after the Haitian Revolution began, after Napoleon deposed the Spanish king, Toussaint Louverture captured the Spanish portion of Hispaniola.
Spain had ceded Hispaniola to France under the Treaty of Basel in 1795, did not regain control until 1809. During this and French rule, Higüey was a district of the Ozama department. After Spanish forces regained control in the España Boba period, Higüey again became part of the El Seibo region. In 1821, during the brief Spanish Republic of Haiti, the area tried to protect itself from its much larger neighbors by allying with Gran Colombia. However, wars both with Haiti and for independence continued. In 1822, Haitian forces under the command of Jean-Pierre Boyer recaptured Higüey in the Haitian occupation of Santo Domingo; the local economy sputtered under military rule and land expropriations, although slavery did end under both Haitian control and British naval enforcement throughout the Caribbean of antislavery policies advocated by William Wilberforce. When the Dominican Republic was proclaimed in 1844 through the efforts of La Trinitaria, the new Governmental Central Meeting placed Higüey under administration of the Province of El Seibo.
Pedro Santana, although President sporadically during the next decades acted as the country's first dictator. While he ranched near the Haitian border, this eastern province was one of his strongholds. Santana sought to return to Spanish rule, he got his wish for the four years before his death. After the War of Restoration, the second Republic, either because of or in spite of the Monroe Doctrine lasted until 1916, although the countryside remained poor and governed by various aristocratic cliques. Guerillas from El Seibo province fought the United States occupation of Santo Domingo from 1916 to 1924; the area experienced a few years of relative prosperity before agricultural prices again crashed and further de facto dictatorships began under Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina. The United States again occupied Santo Domingo from 1965 to 1966. Higüey features a trade-wind tropical rainforest cl
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
San Fernando de Monte Cristi is the capital of Monte Cristi Province in the Dominican Republic. It is located in the northwest region of the country in the coastal lowlands near the border with Haiti. Monte Cristi was founded by Nicolás de Ovando in 1506 and populated in 1533 by Juan de Bolaños and 63 families from the Canary Islands; these migrated to various parts of the country afterwards leaving the town behind. It was repopulated and became a wealthy port in the mid-to-late 16th century. In 1606, one hundred years after its founding, it was destroyed as retribution for doing business with pirates. In 1756 the city was rebuilt and again became a prosperous trading center, until the early 20th century. In 1895, it was the site of the signing of the Manifesto of Montecristi by Máximo Gómez and José Martí, at the Gómez home on Mella St, they sailed from "La Granja" beach in Montecristi, to Cuba to fight for its independence. Monte Cristi has a tropical savanna climate with a pronounced dry season in the summer, a wet season in the winter.
It has an average annual rainfall of 70 centimetres. The average evaporation is 180 centimetres. Precipitation is highest in the eastern part of the park where the winds collide with the Northern Range and discharge their waters; the same applies to the area of Manzanillo. The same winds hit its extension, the Massif du Nord in Haiti; the effect is felt in the foothills near Loma de Cabrera and Dajabón, to a lesser extent in Manzanillo. Hurricanes and tropical storms have little effect on the area of Monte Cristi, they can cause increased rains and flooding in the Yaque del Norte River, which brings sediment that affects reefs in the area. During the winter, some cold fronts come from North America, with low temperatures and strong northerly winds, it is common that cold currents coming down from the Arctic seabed emerge when they hit the island shelf. Osvaldo Virgil Airport Monte Cristi Pipe Wreck Monte Cristi National Park OpenStreetMap - Monte Cristi Google Maps - Monte Cristi
Dajabón is the capital city of the Dajabón province in the Dominican Republic, located on the border with Haiti. It is a market town with a population of about 40,000, north of the Cordillera Central mountain range; the city was founded between 1771 and 1776 but was soon after abandoned during the War of Independence. It was settled again shortly after the Restoration War in 1865. During the 1822–44 Haitian occupation, the city was designated in French as Dahabon. Dajabón is located on the Dajabón River known as the Massacre River due to an incident that took place in 1728 in which 30 French Buccaneers were killed by Spanish settlers. A battle that took place here between the Spanish and the French in 1690. At the time of this battle, the governor of the French colony, Mr. Cussy, was killed in the Battle of the Sabana Real de la Limonada, near modern-day Limonade in northern Haiti; the bridge across the river connects Dajabón to its larger Haitian sister city of Ouanaminthe. On Mondays and Fridays, Haitians are permitted to temporarily cross the bridge to sell their goods.
Most of the goods are used clothes, bulk dry goods, housewares. On these days, an area of several acres on the Western edge of the city becomes a crowded business place. In addition to the Haitians, Dominicans go to the market to sell food. Dajabon, Encyclopædia Britannica
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, conducts research to provide understanding and improve stewardship of the environment. NOAA was formed in 1970 and in 2017 had over 11,000 civilian employees, its research and operations are further supported by 321 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Since October 2017, NOAA has been headed by Timothy Gallaudet, as acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA interim administrator. NOAA plays several specific roles in society, the benefits of which extend beyond the US economy and into the larger global community: A Supplier of Environmental Information Products. NOAA supplies to its customers and partners information pertaining to the state of the oceans and the atmosphere.
This is clear through the production of weather warnings and forecasts via the National Weather Service, but NOAA's information products extend to climate and commerce as well. A Provider of Environmental Stewardship Services. NOAA is a steward of U. S. coastal and marine environments. In coordination with federal, local and international authorities, NOAA manages the use of these environments, regulating fisheries and marine sanctuaries as well as protecting threatened and endangered marine species. A Leader in Applied Scientific Research. NOAA is intended to be a source of accurate and objective scientific information in the four particular areas of national and global importance identified above: ecosystems, climate and water, commerce and transportation; the five "fundamental activities" are: Monitoring and observing Earth systems with instruments and data collection networks. Understanding and describing Earth systems through research and analysis of that data. Assessing and predicting the changes of these systems over time.
Engaging and informing the public and partner organizations with important information. Managing resources for the betterment of society and environment. NOAA traces its history back to multiple agencies, some of which were among the oldest in the federal government: United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, formed in 1807 Weather Bureau of the United States, formed in 1870 Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, formed in 1871 Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps, formed in 1917Another direct predecessor of NOAA was the Environmental Science Services Administration, into which several existing scientific agencies such as the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, the Weather Bureau and the uniformed Corps were absorbed in 1965. NOAA was established within the Department of Commerce via the Reorganization Plan No. 4 and formed on October 3, 1970 after U. S. President Richard Nixon proposed creating a new agency to serve a national need for "better protection of life and property from natural hazards …for a better understanding of the total environment… for exploration and development leading to the intelligent use of our marine resources."
In 2007, NOAA celebrated 200 years of service in its role as successor to the United States Survey of the Coast. In 2013, NOAA closed 600 weather stations. Since October 25, 2017 Timothy Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, has served as acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at the US Department of Commerce and NOAA's interim administrator. Gallaudet succeeded Benjamin Friedman, who served as NOAA's interim administrator since the end of the Obama Administration on January 20, 2017. In October 2017, Barry Lee Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, was proposed to be the agency's administrator by the Trump Administration. NOAA works toward its mission through six major line offices, the National Environmental Satellite and Information Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Ocean Service, the National Weather Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the Office of Marine & Aviation Operations, and in addition more than a dozen staff offices, including the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, the NOAA Central Library, the Office of Program Planning and Integration.
The National Weather Service is tasked with providing "weather and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy." This is done through a collection of national and regional centers, 13 river forecast centers, more than 120 local weather forecast offices. They are charged with issuing weather and river forecasts, advisories and warnings on a daily basis, they issue more than 734,000 weather and 850,000 river forecasts, more than 45,000 severe weather warnings annually. NOAA data is relevant to the issues of global warming and ozone depletion; the NWS operates NEXRAD, a nationwide network of Doppler weather radars which can detect precipitation and their velocities. Many of their products are broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio, a network of radio transmitters that broadcasts weather forecasts, severe weather statements and warnings 24 hours a day; the National Ocean Service focuses on ensuring that ocean and coastal areas are safe and productive.
NOS scientists, natural resource managers, specialists serve America by ensuring safe and efficient marine transportation, promoting innovative solutions to protect coastal communities, conserving mari
La Romana, Dominican Republic
La Romana is the seventh-largest city in the Dominican Republic with a population estimated in 2010 at 130,426 within the city limits, of whom 127,623 are urban and 2,803 are rural. The city is capital of the southeastern province of La Romana, opposite Catalina Island; the name Romana comes from a balance, used to weigh merchandise for export. Santa Rosa de Lima is the patron saint of La Romana; the modern La Romana International Airport was opened in 2000. The city is near several other cities, such as San Pedro de Macorís and the national capital, Santo Domingo de Guzmán; the city is a hub for a growing tourist industry with several nearby local resort spots, such as the beachfront Bayahibe, Casa de Campo, the growing number of golf resorts that surround the area. The city of La Romana was founded in 1897 as an oil town. After 1917 with the construction of a large sugar-mill the economy shifted to sugar production; the commissioning of the sugar mill coincided with the rise in sugar prices worldwide, prompting the sugar industry to welcome workers from other parts of the country, many poor families from the Dominican countryside moved to La Romana in search of a better life.
In early 1960, Gulf and Western Industries, Inc. purchased the sugar mill and started to invest in the livestock industry, cemented in the province. Meanwhile, $20 million were invested to rebuild La Romana and build schools, clinics and other infrastructure for workers. During the mid-1970s the American conglomerate began selling its Dominican assets, at the same time built what is now one of the largest exclusive tourist resorts in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo. Casa de Campo resort complex is the flagship of the La Romana All Inclusive Resorts area. Built in 1975 by Gulf+Western to be the premiere destination in the Caribbean, it has lived up to the hype. In 1984 Casa de Campo was purchased by the Central Romana Corporation, co-owned by the Fanjul brothers. Altos de Chavón is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village located just minutes from La Romana. Casa de Campo International Tourist Port, located on the West Bank of La Romana River or Rio Dulce, has been utilized for the docking of commercial ships for the transport of sugar and molasses.
Upon exceeding the capacity of its port, the Central Romana Corporation built its new tourism focused port on the east side of the river. The platform on the western bank was renovated and the river channel was dredged to a depth of 10.50 metres. Inaugurated with the arrival of the vessel Costa Marina on December 2002, the Central Romana Corporation invested US$12 million to extend the existing port by over 40,000 square metres; the port is a modern platform and harbor terminal, with a capacity for two large modern cruise ships. Today the new facilities boast two docking platforms, a 1,000 square metres passenger terminal and parking facilities which accommodate 24 buses. La Romana is not a typical Dominican town, it is a town with nearly 100% employment in the tourism industry or with The Central Romana Corporation, the Duty Free Zone, or one of the service businesses there. La Romana has been a one-company town since the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company built the mammoth Central Romana mill in 1917.
It was the only sugar operation not taken over by Rafael Trujillo during his reign. From 1964 to 1967, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company, including properties in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic became part of the conglomerate Gulf+Western. In 1984, the Gulf+Western Corporation sold their stake in the Central Romana Corporation to a group of local and foreign investors which includes the Fanjul brothers. Gulf+Western acquired Consolidated Cigar in 1968 and shifted the Canary Island cigar-making operation to its Tabacalera de Garcia tobacco plant in La Romana; the Tabacalera de Garcia factory is one of the largest cigar factories in the world, has been owned by the biggest cigar marketing company in the world, since 1999. Three world-famous brands are produced in La Romana: Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta; this town is characterized by its tremendous influence in the country's tourism programs. It's filled with many hotels and resorts. There are many growing suburban areas and fenced communities This town has a large population, all the problems associated with high-density areas.
It does not have many notable sights in terms of architecture or urban spaces, being 100 years old. It grew fast compared to the much older and slower-paced La Vega or Seibo, which are more typical Dominican towns. Estadio Francisco Micheli is home to the Toros del Este, a baseball team in the Dominican Winter League. In 1983, the government of Salvador Jorge Blanco, through the fund for development of this region, built the Polideportivo de La Romana, named after Eleoncio Mercedes in honor of the flyweight boxer who became world champion; the Cañeros de La Romana, a Dominican basketball team, play their home games here. 1981: 91,571 1993: 140,200 2004: 171,500 2012: 227,856 Ramon Rijo A. K. A. "MONCHY" Singer, Musician and Musical Producer Monchy y Alexandra Antonio Alfonseca pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies Juana Arrendel high jumper Miguel Castro - baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles Andújar Cedeño former MLB shortstop Domingo Cedeño former MLB infielder