Santa Province

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Desert of Chimbote
Desert of Chimbote
Location of Santa[1] in the Ancash Region
Location of Santa[1] in the Ancash Region
Country Peru
Region Ancash
Founded February 12, 1821
Capital Chimbote
 • Mayor Luis Humberto Arroyo Rojas (2011-2014)
 • Total 4,004.99 km2 (1,546.34 sq mi)
 • Total 406,605
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)

The Santa Province is one of twenty provinces of the Ancash Region in Peru.

The city and port of Santa are located in the large, fertile valleys of the Santa and Lacramarca rivers. These valleys have extensive sown plains with cotton, rice, sugar and nutritional products. The city of Santa is the first colonial city of the Ancash coast.

This rich valley is formed by the outlet of the Santa River. The Santa River is born in the lake Quñuqqucha in the Cordillera Blanca (White mountain range). It crosses the Callejón de Huaylas ("Alley of Huaylas") in all its extension. It also cut the Cordillera Negra (Black mountain range) in the imposing Cañón del Pato (Mountain trail of the Duck) and it ends at the plains of Santa, after a distance traveled of 336 kilometers (209 mi).

The province of Santa was created on February 12, 1821. Its capital, Chimbote, that long time ago became the first fishing port of the world, is the most important city of the coastal zone of Ancash.

In 1992 it was the site of a famous massacre of campesinos.

Political division

Santa is divided into nine districts, which are:[2]

District Mayor
1. Coishco Santos Jesús Castillo Mestanza
2. Santa Oscar Marcelo Velarde Ichikawa
3. Chimbote Luis Humberto Arroyo Rojas
4. Macate Víctor Rogelio Arteaga Martinez
5. Cáceres del Perú Lorenzo Mercedes Navarrete León
6. Nuevo Chimbote Juan Francisco Gasco Barreto
7. Nepeña Luis Alberto Collazos Matheus
8. Moro Ivo Álvaro Rincón Ruiz
9. Samanco Carlos Enrique Meléndez Bismarck

See also


  1. (Spanish) Official web site of the Santa Province
  2. (Spanish) Official web site of INEI

External links

(Spanish) Official web site of the Santa Province

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