Sonsonate, the capital of the department of Sonsonate, El Salvador; on the river Sensunapan and the railway from San Salvador to the Pacific port of Acajutla, 21 km (13 miles) south. Pop. (2006), about 110,501.
Sonsonate was the centre of a rich agricultural district, and one of the busiest manufacturing towns in the republic. It produced cotton cloth, pottery, mats and baskets, boots and shoes, sugar, starch, cigars and spirits. Through Acajutla it exported coffee and sugar, and imported grain for distribution to all parts of the country.