EL CANUELO

EL CANUELO

Forti­n San Juan de la Cruz (Fort Saint John of the Cross), bet­ter known as el Cañue­lo, is locat­ed on Isla de Cabras, Puer­to Rico. This fort was orig­i­nal­ly built in wood in 1500. Its loca­tion at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del Mor­ro, across the bay, it cre­at­ed a cross­fire for any invad­ing ships enter­ing the bay. It is said that, at one time, there was a huge chain cross­ing from El Mor­ro to El Cañue­lo that was stretched dur­ing attacks to pro­vide a phys­i­cal bar­ri­cade across the bay entrance. The fort also guard­ed the mouth of the Baya­mon Riv­er on the oth­er side. The fort played an impor­tant role dur­ing a 1625 Dutch attack to the island. Dur­ing that time it was burnt to ash­es, the Spaniards rebuilt it with a stone fort in the 1650s. The square fort is about 80 feet per side, with one guerite (gari­ta in Span­ish). Orig­i­nal­ly built on a rocky islet, near­by Isla de Cabras (Goat Island).