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Monte Cristi

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San Fernando de Monte Cristi is the capital of Monte Cristi Province, Dominican Republic. It is located in the northwest region of the country in the coastal lowlands near the border with Haiti.HistoryMonte 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 later repopulated and became a very 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, was the site of the signing of el Manifiesto de Montecristi by Máximo Gómez and José Martí, at Máximo Gómez home located on Mella St. They sailed from "La Granja" beach, also in Montecristi, to Cuba to fight for its independence.ClimateMonte Cristi has a tropical savanna climate with a pronounced dry season on summer, and an wet season on winter. It has an average temperature of 26.5 °C and an average annual rainfall of 700 mm. The average evaporation is 1800 mm. 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 the Central Cordillera and its prolongation Massif du Nord in Haiti. The effect is felt mainly in the foothills near Loma de Cabrera and Dajabón, but also, to a lesser extent, in Manzanillo.
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