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San Miguel

San Miguel is a city in eastern El Salvador. It is the country's third most populous city after San Salvador and Santa Ana. It is located 138 km east of the capital, San Salvador. It is also the capital of the department of San Miguel and a municipality. The population of the city in (2007) was 218,410.HistoryAfter the foundation of the Villa de, the Spaniards sent Captain Luis de Moscoso east of the Lempa River with the entrust of the establishment of a new Spanish village. Such event took place on May 8, 1530, being the name given to the new village San Miguel de la Frontera (Saint Michael of the Frontier). By 1586 the village had obtained the title of city. The native language is Spanish.EconomyThe city has been an important center of the agriculture, textile and chemical industries of El Salvador. However, in the last decade the services sector, specially health care and commerce, have increased considerably, resulting in significant private investments in hospitals and shopping malls within the city. This has been usually attributed partly for the high inflow of remittances (at least 35% of the total, that represent around 18% of the national GDP ) that salvadorans living abroad send to the eastern zone of the country.The wealth of the eastern half of the country is expected to increase when the Puerto La Unión starts operations in 2012.
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