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|• Governor||CG Emmanuel K. GASANA (2021-)|
|• Total||9,813 km2 (3,789 sq mi)|
(15 August 2012)
|• Density||275/km2 (710/sq mi)|
|Other settlements||Kibungo, Nyagatare, Nyamata, Gahini, Kabarore, Kagitumba|
low · 5th of 5
Eastern Province (Kinyarwanda: Intara y'Iburasirazuba; French: Province de l'Est; Dutch: Oostelijke Provincie) is the largest, the most populous and the least densely populated of Rwanda's five provinces. It was created in early January 2006 as part of a government decentralization program that re-organized the country's local government structures.
The Akagera National Park is situated is this province.
It is not known when the territory of present day Rwanda was first inhabited, but it is thought that humans moved into the area following the last ice age either in the Neolithic period, around ten thousand years ago, or in the long humid period which followed, up to around 3000 BC. Archaeological excavations have revealed evidence of sparse settlement by hunter gatherers in the late Stone Age, followed by a larger population of early Iron Age settlers, who produced dimpled pottery and iron tools. By the 17th century it is thought that most of Rwanda was inhabited, with a fairly even spread of population across the hills of the country.
|Rank in Eastern Province
15 August 2012
15 August 2002
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