Irish immigration to Puerto Rico

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia From the 16th to the 19th cen­tu­ry, there was con­sid­er­able Irish immi­gra­tion to Puer­to Rico, for a num­ber of rea­sons. Dur­ing the 16th cen­tu­ry many Irish­men, who were known as “Wild Geese,” fled the Eng­lish Army and joined the…

Taíno people

Taíno people

This arti­cle is about the Indige­nous peo­ples of the Antilles.   The Taíno were sea­far­ing indige­nous peo­ples of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the north­ern Less­er Antilles. They were one of the Arawak peo­ples of South Amer­i­ca,  and the Taíno lan­guage was a…

Female Sterilization

Female Sterilization

There are a num­ber of exam­ples in post Civ­il War Amer­i­ca of eugenic pro­grams but none as effec­tive and wide­spread as the mass female ster­il­iza­tion in Puer­to Rico. Begin­ning in the years fol­low­ing WW I, a pro­gram was ini­ti­at­ed by the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment, the…

National Park Quarters

National Park Quarters

Nation­al Park Quar­ters, also referred to as Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ters, will include five dif­fer­ent designs per year fea­tur­ing Nation­al Parks and Nation­al Sites of Amer­i­ca. El Yunque Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful Quar­ter The first coin in 2012 to appear as part of the…

Puerto Rico (Via Postcards)

I hope you enjoy this look at Puer­to Rico through post cards most, if not all, are post cards from the 1960’s. These post cards will give you a look back at Puer­to Rico. I will try to show some of the same views through more recent post cards.

The Borinqueneers

The Borinqueneers

On August 26, 1950, the 65th Infantry, with 6,000 offi­cers and men orga­nized into three infantry bat­tal­ions, one artillery bat­tal­ion and a tank com­pa­ny depart­ed from Puer­to Rico and arrived in Pusan, Korea on Sep­tem­ber 23, 1950. It was dur­ing the long sea voy­age that…




Yo se lo que son los encan­tos
De mi bor­in­quen her­mosa
Por eso la quiero yo tan­to
Por siem­pre la lla­mare Pre­ciosa

Punta Borinquen

Inac­tive since 1918, when the light­house was near­ly destroyed by a tsuna­mi. The light­house was an octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er with lantern and gallery, ris­ing from a 1‑story stone keep­er’s house, sim­i­lar to the Cabo San Juan light­house. Foun­da­tions and por­tions…

Punta Mules Vieques

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim, lantern black.  Restored in 1992, the build­ing for­mer­ly housed a small muse­um, the build­ing has dete­ri­o­rat­ed and is now closed to the pub­lic. Locat­ed on the east side of the entrance to the har­bor of Isabel­la Segun­da (Vieques)…

Puerto Ferro (Vieques) Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er ris­ing from the cen­ter of 1‑story stone keep­er’s house. Active light on skele­tal tow­er next to the light­house. Lantern removed.  Endan­gered by decay and lack of main­te­nance, the light­house has fall­en into ruin and has been added to…

Las Cabezas (Fajardo) Lighthouse

Tow­er paint­ed light gray with white trim, lantern black. The orig­i­nal 1‑story neo­clas­si­cal stone keep­er’s house is used as a nature cen­ter and marine lab­o­ra­to­ry oper­at­ed by the Col­lege of Humacao of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico.  This beau­ti­ful and well-pre­served…

Isla de Cardona Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white; lantern is black. Orig­i­nal 6th order Sauti­er, Lemonier & Cie. Fres­nel lens is on dis­play in the Coast Guard Muse­um in San Juan. Marinas.com has aer­i­al pho­tos, Colón-Sepúlve­da has a his­toric pho­to and an aer­i­al pho­to of the island and…

Isla de Cabra Lighthouse

The Cei­ba light­house entered ser­vice in 1908. It was designed fol­low­ing the style used for the San Juan light­house (El Mor­ro), and con­struct­ed on Cabras Island, the east­ern tip of Puer­to Rico, oppo­site Vieques Island. The estab­lish­ment of a light­house at this loca­tion…

Guanica Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal mason­ry tow­er attached to a 1‑story mason­ry keep­er’s house; lantern removed. The tow­er and and keep­er’s house are in ruins. The light­house was replaced by a buoy off­shore. This is a crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered light­house; the build­ing appears to be in…

Faro Punta Tuna

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black; the keep­er’s house is paint­ed cream with white trim. The orig­i­nal 3rd order Fres­nel lens, some­what dam­aged by van­dals, remains in the tow­er but is not in use.   In 2006, George Van Parys found­ed a sup­port orga­ni­za­tion called…

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