Higuey or in full Salvaleun de Higuey,is the capital city of the eastern province of La Altagracia, in the Dominican Republic. The river Yuma flows through the urban area of Higuey. Higuey is also the denomination of a former native chiefdom in the east of the Island at the arrival of Christopher Columbus. This region conserves the name that is given also to its city main province La Altagracia.It is one of the economically fastest-developing cities in the country, and dubbed the Capital of Dominican Tourism and sometimes the Capital of Stockbreeding. The city thrives chiefly on tourism, with many of its inhabitants employed in the hotel complexes of Punta Cana a few kilometers away, or in the commerce of tourist products. The most important monuments in the city are the Basilica of La Altagracia and the Church of San Dionisio, from the 16th century. The city is divided into 15 sectors.