Population (estimate, Metro Area): 195,000
The original name of the city was simply San Pedro. It's among the ten largest cities in the DR, about a one hour drive east of Santo Domingo.
San Pedro de Macorís is a municipality and province in the south-eastern region of the Dominican Republic (DR). The DR is on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean Sea. Haiti is on the western side of the island. The busiest airport in the DR, Punta Cana, is 80 minutes east of San Pedro de Macorís. 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"
The Dominican Republic is the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region. For two decades until at least 2016, the nation had one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas. Santo Domingo, the capital city of the DR, is the oldest continuously inhabited city any where in the Americas. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, a World Heritage Site.
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The city of San Pedro de Macorís was established in 1822 on the Higuamo River as a result of immigration from the eastern part of Santo Domingo.
San Pedro de Macorís experienced a significant wave of migration in the late 19th century from Cubans who were fleeing their country's war of independence.
They brought an extensive sugar cane farming knowledge and contributed to making the sugar industry the most important economic activity in the area. The economy reached its peak during the first quarter of the 20th century, when its sugar production enjoyed high prices on the international market as a result of the First World War.
Many Europeans settled in the city, making it a cosmopolitan center. Pan American Airlines flew its seaplanes in regularly (Eastern Macorís has the privilege of being the first Dominican city to receive seaplanes, in the Higuamo River). At about the same time the port enjoyed more commercial activity than the capital city of Santo Domingo. The next economic boom resulted in the recruitment of a large number of Afro-Caribbean workers from the Lesser Antilles. These workers and their descendants would soon comprise the majority of the population in the city and are known as the "Cocolos of San Pedro de Macoris".
When immigrants were brought in as contract labor for sugar plantations from the Eastern Caribbean they brought the sport of cricket and formed up teams. Meanwhile, the ownership and management of many of the sugar estates were American. So the cricket teams were offered money by the plantation managers to switch sports and they did. Native Dominicans picked up the game watching teams composed of Eastern Caribbeans. Over time, Vic Power established an extremely good youth system in San Pedro de Macoris and was one of the largest influences on making the city into the largest source of baseball talent in the world.