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Sonsonate Depairtment

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Location within El Salvador
Location within El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°42′11″N 89°41′35″W / 13.703°N 89.693°W / 13.703; -89.693Coordinates: 13°42′11″N 89°41′35″W / 13.703°N 89.693°W / 13.703; -89.693
Country El Salvador
(given current status)
 • Total1225.8 km2 (473.3 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 9th
 • Total463,739
 • RankRanked 6th
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
ISO 3166 codeSV-SO

Sonsonate is a depairtment o El Salvador in the wastren pairt o the kintra. The caipital is Sonsonate.

The depairtment haes a population o ower 463,000 an a aurie o 1,226 km².

Creatit on 12 Juin 1824. The El Salvador Naitional Pairlament decidit on 29 Januar 1859 tae separate frae the depairtment the ceeties o Apaneca, San Pedro Puxtla, Guaymango an Jujutla an gie these ceeties tae Santa Ana Depairtment.

Sonsonate Ceety wis the seicont caipital o the Federal Republic o Central Americae in 1834.

The depairtment remains the hert o the Pipil cultur in the kintra, hame tae several auncient tradeetions an tae maist o the few remainin Nahuatl speakers in El Salvador.

It is a owerwhelmingly agricultural aurie, wi extremely growthie volcanic soils that ance wur the maist valuable resource in Central Americae for the Spainyie conquistadors who profitit frae its auncient cacao plantations. Its name appropriately means "Place o 400 rivers" or "Place o mony watters" as it receives well ower 2,000mm (79 inches) o rain a year.

Irma Dimas o Sonsonate wis Miss El Salvador in 2005.

Municipalities[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Acajutla
  2. Armenia
  3. Caluco
  4. Cuisnahuat
  5. Izalco
  6. Juayúa
  7. Nahuizalco
  8. Nahulingo
  9. Salcoatitán
  10. San Antonio del Monte
  11. San Julián
  12. Santa Catarina Masahuat
  13. Santa Isabel Ishuatán
  14. Santo Domingo
  15. Sonsonate
  16. Sonzacate