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  • La Montaňa (Central)

    Caparra

    In 1508, Ponce de Leon, the first governor of Puerto Rico, founded a settlement named Caparra. It was known amongst Spanish settlers as “La Ciudad de Puerto Rico” (meaning the city of Puerto Rico), as it was the first European settlement and the first capital on the island.

  • Sights

    Casa De La Masacre

    The Casa de la Masacre de Ponce, or the House of the Ponce Massacre, was built in remembrance of a tragic event that occurred in Ponce on the 21st of March 1937. That day has been named one of the bloodiest political events ever to take place in Puerto Rico.

  • Northern Region

    Toa Baja

    Just fifteen minutes from San Juan, and about a one hour's drive from Ponce, visitors will find Toa Baja. It is also easily accessible from Dorado, Toa Alta and Catano and is divided into ten districts. The districts are named Levittown, Sabana Seco, Campanillas, Covadonga, Pajaros, Candelaria, Palo Seco, Media Luna, Ingenio and Macun. It is here that you will find the municipality for the ...

  • La Montaňa (Central)

    Lares

    Lares is a small city, located near the bustling city of San Juan, in the central region of Puerto Rico. The city covers an area of approximately 161 square kilometers and has an estimated population of more than 33,000 residents. Pedro Velez Borrero and Francisco de Sotomayor founded the city of Lares on 26 April 1827. Its name was derived from Don Amador de Lariz, one of the first settlers ...

  • Reference

    History

    The island of Puerto Rico was first discovered by the famed Christopher Columbus. He found it quite by accident while looking for land to rest on and get new supplies of fruit and water. The crew walked onto the island on 19 November 1493. Christopher Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista. No-one came back to island for many years, but fifteen years later Juan Ponce de Leon would bring ...

  • San Juan and Metro Region

    San Juan

    The city of San Juan is the largest city, the capital and the chief port and commercial center of Puerto Rico. The port in San Juan exports mainly sugar cane, fruit, coffee and tobacco to the United States. San Juan has a current population of 437,745 people and is constantly growing.

  • Culture

    Art

    It is evident that a strong infusion of arts in the history of Puerto Rico has resulted in its people having a natural artistic flair. Regardless of whether they're taught to fine tune their skills or whether they're simply born with it, there's a strong presence and artistic vibe wherever you are in Puerto Rico. Museo de Arte de Ponce is probably one of the greatest art museums of Puerto ...

  • Attractions

    Museums

    Puerto Rico is certainly a beautiful country with a fascinating cultural heritage and an interesting history. As you tour the island, you will likely come across museums in Puerto Rico that cover topics as varied as ancient Indian artifacts to the African history of Puerto Rico. There are also a number of art museums that exhibit anything from ancient crafts and artworks to 20th century ...

  • Museums

    Ponce Art Museum

    Also known as the ‘Museo de Arte de Ponce’, the Ponce Museum of Art is an extraordinary art museum. Located at 2325 Las Américas Avenue, the museum covers various artistic fields over a period of five centuries. Most of the art is western and there are currently well over 850 paintings, 800 sculptures and 500 prints on display in the museum – altogether there are more than 3000 pieces in the ...

  • Museums

    History Anthropology Art

    At the University of Puerto Rico you will find the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art in front of the University’s main library. The museum is small but what it holds inside is of great interest, to not only University students, but to all who are keen to learn more about the history, anthropology and art of Puerto Rico. At the museum you will find an array of pre-Colombian artifacts as ...