Pueblos Of Puerto Rico-Part 14
Well, we are continuing our journey giving all of you a "virtual tour" of this beautiful island of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean and is a territory of the United States.
All citizens of Puerto Rico are United States citizens also. You don't need a passport to visit here.
I strongly recommend a vacation to this wonderful island!
On this journey, Maggie and I will start at the Northwest edge of Puerto Rico and move inland into the mountains.
Learn about each Pueblo and some of the characteristics of it. I am taking pictures and describing some about each.
This island is rich in culture and I believe every American should know about what may become our 51st State.
Join the Frog and Butterfly on this 14th journey and be sure and read all the other Pueblo hubs!
Aguada claims to be the arrival point of Columbus on his 2nd journey to the new world. Aguada's nickname is La Villa de Sotomayor or The Village of Sotomayor. This is because Cristóbal de Sotomayor received control of Aguada from Ponce de León.
Aguada was founded in 1508 and the mayor is Hon. Luis A. "Berty" Echevarria.
Aguada has a lot of history and I recommend it as a stop when you visit.
Aguada is made up of 18 distinct barrios; they are:
- Aguada Pueblo
- Cerro Gordo
- Mal Paso
- Piedras Blancas
- Río Grande
We drove East into the Pueblo of Moca.
Moca covers 51.4 square miles and the mayor is Hon. José E. Aviles Santiago.
This beautiful Pueblo is made up of 12 distinct barrios: they include:
- Cerro Gordo
San Sebastián was another few miles East. This beautiful Pueblo which is also rich in history was founded in 1752.
San Sebastián is known as San Sebastián Del Pepino or The Cucumber Town.
The mayor of this Pueblo is Javier Jiménez and it covers 71.7 square miles.
San Sebastián is made up of 25 distinct barrios; they are:
- Hato Arriba
- Hoya Mala
- Perchas I
- Perchas II
- Piedras Blancas
- Saltos II
- San Sebastián Pueblo
South we drove into some beautiful countryside. Oranges growing and bananas. The smell was delightful!
Las Marías is known as Pueblo de la China Dulce or the Pueblo of Sweet Oranges.
This Pueblo was founded in 1871 and covers 44.07 square miles.
The mayor of Las Marías is Hon. Edwin Soto Santiago.
Las Marías is made up of 16 distinct barrios; they are:
- Alto Sano
- Buena Vista
- Las Marías Pueblo
- Maravilla Este
- Maravilla Norte
- Maravilla Sur
- Palma Escrita
- Purísima Concepción
- Río Cañas
We made our way East into one of the most famous Pueblos in Puerto Rico; Lares. In 1868, a major uprising for independence was held in Lares. It is known as the Grito de Lares and is celebrated there yearly.
Lares was found in 1827 and the mayor is Hon. Roberto Pagán Centeno.
This Pueblo covers 62.23 square miles and it is made up of 12 distinct barrios; they are:
- Buenos Aires
- Lares Pueblo
- La Torre
- Río Prieto
This was a magnificent journey and I hope you enjoyed it too.
Be sure and check out the rest of the hubs in this series; learn about Puerto Rico.
As with hubs before I am putting a piece on a famous individual from one of the Pueblos listed. This piece is dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest pro-independence fighters in Puerto Rico history; Lolita Lebron from Lares.
Enjoy the music and may Lolita rest in peace and know the country she fought for is delightful to this frog.
© G.L. Boudonck
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