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History

Faro Punta Figuras

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim.  The orig­i­nal lantern and lens were destroyed by van­dals in 1969. By ear­ly 2001, the light­house was in very poor shape, with no roof and only scraps of its lantern; this earned it a spot on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List.…

Culebrita Lighthouse

Although a July 2006 pho­to shows the small mod­ern light in the shat­tered lantern, it is amaz­ing that this light­house is in ser­vice. As of late 2000, the build­ing is in ruins, severe­ly dam­aged by van­dals and by Hur­ri­canes Hugo (1989) and Mar­i­lyn (1995).  This is…

Caja de Muerto Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black.  Poor­ly main­tained, the light sta­tion is on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List,  holes in the roof are allow­ing rain to drench the inte­ri­or. Caja de Muer­tos is a small island in the Caribbean about 5 miles south­east of Ponce;…

Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

The light­house was ren­o­vat­ed in 1986, but there­after it was not main­tained and rapid­ly dete­ri­o­rat­ed through neglect and van­dal­ism. In ear­ly 2001 the light­house was in very poor con­di­tion. In June 2002 the city gov­ern­ment announced it would spend $4.5 mil­lion to…

Arecibo Lighthouse

A hexag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er attached to 1‑story stone office and keep­er’s house; 190 mm lens. Tow­er paint­ed white. The orig­i­nal lantern, removed many years ago, has been replaced by a restored lantern with an unpaint­ed cop­per roof.  This is the last light­house…

Isla Mona

Pyra­mi­dal skele­tal cast iron tow­er with cen­tral cylin­der, lantern and gallery. Orig­i­nal­ly paint­ed black, the light­house is now cov­ered with rust. The active light  is on a 40 ft  steel tow­er.  The light­house has dete­ri­o­rat­ed severe­ly since deac­ti­va­tion and is in…

Faro Hiquero (Rincon)

Tow­er paint­ed white; the gallery and lantern roof are black.  The orig­i­nal light­house was destroyed by the earth­quake and tsuna­mi of 11 Octo­ber 1918. The orig­i­nal lantern was installed on the new tow­er and remains in use today. The light­house is the cen­ter­piece of El…

Faro del Morro

Faro del Morro

A 51 ft square brick Moor­ish tow­er atop the bat­tle­ments of El Mor­ro (San Felipe del Mor­ro), the cas­tle-like fort guard­ing the entrance to San Juan har­bor.  Light tow­er paint­ed gray, gallery and trim white, lantern black. A 3rd order Fres­nel lens installed in 1899…

San Juan Coat of Arms

San Juan Coat of Arms

San Juan, from San Juan Bautista “Saint John the Bap­tist ”) is the cap­i­tal and largest munic­i­pal­i­ty in Puer­to Rico. San Juan was found­ed by Span­ish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciu­dad de Puer­to Rico (“Rich Port City”). Sev­er­al his­tor­i­cal build­ings are locat­ed in…

Ponce Coat of Arms

Ponce Coat of Arms

Ponce is both a city and a munic­i­pal­i­ty in south­ern part of Puer­to Rico. The city is the seat of the munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment. The City of Ponce is the sec­ond largest city in Puer­to Rico out­side of the San Juan met­ro­pol­i­tan area, and is named after Juan Ponce de Leon y…

Flags

Flags

The ori­gins of the cur­rent Flag of Puer­to Rico can be traced to 1868, when the first Puer­to Rican flag was con­ceived by Dr. Ramon Eme­te­rio Betances and embroi­dered by Mar­i­ana “Bra­zos de Oro” Bracetti. On the Sep­tem­ber 23, 1868, the flag, which lat­er became known as…

The Currencies of Puerto Rico

The Currencies of Puerto Rico

The cur­ren­cies of Puer­to Rico fol­lowed the devel­op­ment of the island close­ly.  It was grant­ed the use of both Spain and the Unit­ed Stat­ed because it was a colony of both coun­tries.  Puer­to Rico had its own gold, but by the 16th cen­tu­ry, the arch­i­pel­ago was run­ning out…

Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

This is a list of light­hous­es in Puer­to Rico. The light­hous­es sys­tem of Puer­to Rico con­sists of light­hous­es that were built most­ly dur­ing the last twen­ty years of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. These served as guides to impor­tant marine routes. In 1869 the Span­ish gov­ern­ment…

Borinquen

Puer­to Ricans often call the island Bor­in­quen, from Borikén, its indige­nous Taíno name. The terms boricua and bor­in­cano derive from Borikén and Bor­in­quen respec­tive­ly, and are com­mon­ly used to iden­ti­fy some­one of Puer­to Rican her­itage. The island is also pop­u­lar­ly…

Puerto Rico Constitution

Con­sti­tu­tion of the Com­mon­wealth of Puer­to Rico We, the peo­ple of Puer­to Rico, in order to orga­nize our­selves polit­i­cal­ly on a ful­ly demo­c­ra­t­ic basis, to pro­mote the gen­er­al wel­fare, and to secure for our­selves and our pos­ter­i­ty the com­plete enjoy­ment of human rights,…

Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares)

Grito de Lares (Cry of Lares)

El Gri­to de Lares (The Cry of Lares) also referred as the Lares upris­ing, the Lares revolt, Lares rebel­lion or even Lares Rev­o­lu­tion was the revolt against Span­ish rule in Puer­to Rico on Sep­tem­ber 23,  1868, in the town of Lares, Puer­to Rico. Seeds for revolt In the…

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