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Dominican MapSan Pedro de Macorís is a municipality (municipio) and the capital of the San Pedro de Macorís province in the Dominican Republic

Demographics

As of the 2002 census the municipality had 217,141 inhabitants, 193,713 living in the city itself and 23,428 in its rural districts

History

San Pedro de Macorís pioneered many areas such as the first firefighting corps, the first national baseball championship, the first town to have telephone and telegraph centers, the first racetrack and the first boxing coliseum, among others. The first sugar factory was founded by Juan Amechazurra, milling for the first time on January 9, 1879.

Name

The name San Pedro came before that of Macorís. There are three versions regarding the origin of the name:

San Pedro de Macorís has been poetically referred to as "Macorís of the Sea", "The Sultan of the East" and many call it the "Capital of the East"

Sports

The city is home to the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter Baseball League, who play at the Estadio Tetelo Vargas.

San Pedro de Macoris is well-known as the birthplace of a disproportionate number of professional baseball players.[6][7] According to Baseball-Reference, 76 players in Major League Baseball history were born in San Pedro de Macoris.[1] The city is often referred to as "The Cradle of Shortstops."

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