- Concepción de la Vega
official_name = Concepción de la Vega
image_shield = COA Of La Vega.jpg
shield_size = 200px
mapsize = 200px
map_caption = Location of La Vega in the Dominican Republic
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = Province
subdivision_type2 = Municipality
Concepción de la Vega
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1494
established_title2 = Relocated
December 2, 1562
area_total_km2 = 651.33
population_as_of = 2008 est.
population_total = 339,145
timezone = GMT-4
latd= 19 |latm= 13 |lats= |latNS= N
longd= 70 |longm= 32 |longs= |longEW= W
elevation_m = 500
postal_code anetral" =
website = http://www.lavega.com
Concepción de La Vega better known as La Vega, is the largest city and municipality of the central
Christopher Columbusbuilt a small fort near what is today the actual town of La Vega in the central Dominican Republic. It was intended to guard the route to the interior gold deposits of the Cibaovalley. A Spanish settlement known as Concepción de la Vega gradually grew up around the fort, and after 1508, when gold was found in quantity there, Concepción became the first gold boomtown in the continent. By 1510 it was one of the largest and most important Europeancities in the hemisphere. The town was destroyed and buried by an earthquake on December 2, 1562, and the survivors relocated to the present site on the banks of the Camú River. The site of the ruined town remained largely in farmland until 1975, when a small portion of the original city was purchased by the Dominican government in 1976 and named as the National Park of Concepción de la Vega.
Local industries are based upon
cacao, coffee, tobacco, riceand cattleproduction. There is also a small but very famous brewery called Cervecería Veganaknown for its pilsener-style beers, "Quisqueya" and "Soberana".
There is an extension of the
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureñaand there is the "Universidad Católica Tecnológica del Cibao".
The city is 125 km from
Santo Domingoon the DR-1. Several bus companies on several schedules reach the city daily. There is also El Ponton Airportfor domestic flights only.
February is known as the Carnaval month in La Vega and is the most famous in the entire country. The patron saint is the "Virgen de las Mercedes", celebrated on
Antonio Guzmán Fernández
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