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SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS

Just went of the National District, San Pedro is one of the centers of the country’s sugar-cane industry, a fact that caused its population to surge in the late 1890s and early 1900s, when freed Afro-Caribbean people immigrated here from the English-Speaking islands to seek paying jobs.

Called “cocolos.”

During 1920 San Pedro de Macorís was the province with the most sugar mills and the third most populated city in the country, following Santiago de los Caballeros and Santo Dominigo.

During that time, Macorís was known as the City with the Dance of the Millions due to the economic rise provided by the sugar industry. When this economic rise experienced a downfall, many of the new residents left to other places in search of jobs. In regards to production, sugar is the main industrial product and is based on the harvesting of sugar cane.

The second most important economic area is bovine cattle followed by the production of minor fruits such as plantain, banana and sweet potato. Although San Pedro de Macorís is a coastal province, fishing has not been developed to its full potential and does not figure as a main source of income.

The non-sugar industry is barely beginning. There are few industries of large production, such as cement businesses, alcohol distilleries, ice factories, medical supply laboratories and a large duty free zone. The "no chimney" industry consists of luxurious hotels and various exquisite beaches for tourists that visit the province as well as a sports stadium

Cultural:

They were mostly Protestants and brought many foods and other cultural elements with them that have become typical of the area, such as the Afro-Caribbean dance called “Los Guloyas”.

Gastronomy:

Foods like yaniqueque, donplínes, pan cuco,(Panqueque for the inglish word Pancake) and the famous guavaberry drink. Sociologists and folklorists come from all over to participate and study in the region’s festivals, including the celebration of Ga-Gá, a colorful magico-religious dance ritual that is celebrated after sugar-cane harvests and during Easter Week, or to study modern evolutions of “voodoo” in the “bateyes” where the cane workers live.

The city of San Pedro de Macoris is known for its Victorian and Neoclassic architecture, a magnificent church, booming piers along the Higuamo River, and a thriving Free-Trade Zone.

The province also has magnificent mangrove jungles along the Iguamo and Soco rivers, a cave called Cueva de las Maravillas with a truly marvelous quantity of Taíno cave drawings--Cueva de las Maravillas was recently renovated to make it more accessible to visitors; it was inaugurated as a new national park in December 2002--and the popular Caribbean beach resort areas of Juan Dolio, Guayacanes, and Cumayasa.

Last but certainly not least, San Pedro is “Major League” when it comes to baseball—it’s where Sammy Sosa and many more of the best Dominican baseball players come from. Stay to see the players practicing during the winter season, or a Little League game, or one of the informal games you’ll see boys playing in any open field or parking lot. They are tomorrow’s baseball heroes! Maps.