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Sonsonate is a department of El Salvador in the western part of the country. The capital is Sonsonate.The department has a population of over 463,000 and an area of 1,226 km².Created on June 12, 1824. The El Salvador National Parliament decided on January 29, 1859 to separate from the department the cities of Apaneca, San Pedro Puxtla, Guaymango and Jujutla and give these cities to Santa Ana Department.Sonsonate City was the second capital of the Federal Republic of Central America in 1834.The department remains the heart of the Pipil culture in the country, home to several ancient traditions and to most of the few remaining Nahuatl speakers in El Salvador.It is an overwhelmingly agricultural area, with extremely fertile volcanic soils that once were the most valuable resource in Central America for the Spanish conquistadors who profited from its ancient cacao plantations. Its name appropriately means "Place of 400 rivers" or "Place of many waters" as it receives well over 2,000mm (79 inches) of rain a year.Irma Dimas of Sonsonate was Miss El Salvador in 2005.Municipalities Acajutla Sonsonate Armenia Caluco Cuisnahuat Izalco Juayúa Nahuizalco Nahulingo Salcoatitán San Antonio del Monte San Julián Santa Catarina Masahuat Santa Isabel Ishuatán Santo Domingo Sonzacate Sonsonate Department is in El Salvador. Our El Salvador trip builder site allows you to schedule your trip to Sonsonate Department, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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