is a city in the Dominican Republic
and is one of the oldest cities of the new world. It is the capital of Sánchez Ramírez Province
in the Cibao
. It was founded in the year 1510
by Rodrigo de Trujillo for order of Nicolas de Ovando, who was the governor of Hispaniola. Cotuí was the name of an aboriginal Caribbean tribe leader (Cotoy) who governed the area. The city is well known for its gold, silver, iron, bauxite, marble, nickel, and other precious metals, mines; its rich soils; and the largest artificial lake in the Caribbean
, Presa de Hatillo
. It is also known for its crystal clear rivers, and its caverns (prehistoric caves called Guácaras
). It produces rice, plantains, cacao, pineapples, passion fruits, and yams.
It is the hometown of NY Mets pitcher Duaner Sánchez, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jose Capellan.
Other major towns near Cotuí in Sánchez Ramírez, are Villa La Mata, Fantino, La Cueva and Cevicos.