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San Juan- known as the walled city was founded in 1521 and became a U.S. military outpost of the Spanish. San Juan has two parts: Old San Juan and the modern part of the capital Puerto Rico- has a culture whose origins can be traced to its roots Taino, Spanish and African La Plaza del Quinto Centenario- This plaza commemorates the 500 years of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas in 1942 The Castle of San Felipe del Morro-fortress known as El Morro, built by the Spanish between 1539 and 1586 to protect the port of San Juan against the attacks of Francis Drake and other Europeans. ...read more.


views of the bay and the city ARCHITECTURE The Capitol-This government building was built in the 1920s for the offices of senators and representatives San Crist�bal Castle - This castle is a good example of military architecture of the Baroque period The Iglesia de San Jos� - The construction of this church began in 1532. The main chapel is an excellent example of Spanish Gothic architecture of the sixteenth century CULTURAL LIFE La labor del encaje de bolillos- The work of lace, made with pins and rolls on the scene, full of straw, has been a great renaissance. ...read more.


CONTEMPORARY LIFE La Plaza de Armas- (The main square) is a very important commercial center in the city La Calle Fortaleza- (The fortress-street) is full of shops and many people, the street reflects the daily life of Old San Juan La estatua de Cristobal Colon- The Columbus statue graces the Plaza de Colon commemorates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Europeans in Puerto Rico HISTORY CONNECTION Juan Ponce de Leon was the first governor of Puerto Rico, from 1510 to 1512. A legend says that in searching for the fountain of youth he discovered Florida in 1513. Leon's expedition led him to discover that there really wasn't a gold path in the new world. San Juan Culture- Serena Ghodasra ...read more.

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