Capitanejo (Ponce)

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Barrio Capitanejo
A rural area in Barrio Capitanejo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
A rural area in Barrio Capitanejo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Location of barrio Capitanejo within the municipality of Ponce
Location of barrio Capitanejo within the municipality of Ponce
Country  United States
Territory  Puerto Rico
Municipality Ponce2.gif Ponce
Area
 • Total 4.82 sq mi (12.5 km2)
 • Land 3.85 sq mi (10.0 km2)
 • Water 0.88 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,404
 • Density 355/sq mi (137/km2)
  Source: 2000 Census

Capitanejo is one of the 31 barrios of the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Along with Anón, Coto Laurel, Guaraguao, Quebrada Limón, Real, San Patricio, and Marueño, and the coastal barrio of Canas, Capitanejo is one of the municipality's nine bordering barrios. It borders the municipality of Juana Diaz. Along with Playa, Bucana, Vayas and Canas, Capitanejo is also one of Ponce's five coastal barrios. Together with Vayas, Capitanejo is also one of two rural coastal barrios in the municipality.[1] It was founded in 1831.[2]

Location[edit]

Capitanejo is a rural, coastal barrio located in the southeastern section of the municipality, southeast of the city of Ponce. The toponomy, or origin of the name, makes reference to the proper noun of a local junior or lieutenant commander below a cacique, or a local junior commander subject to a superior authority.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

Capitanejo is bounded on the north by Río Inabón and barrio Sabana Llana of the municipality of Juana Díaz, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, on the west by Río Inabón, and on the east by Río Jacaguas.[4][5]

In terms of barrio-to-barrio boundaries, Capitanejo is bounded on the north by barrio Vayas, in the south by the Caribbean Sea, in the west by barrio Vayas, and in the east by barrios Sabana Llana and Capitanejo of the municipality of Juana Díaz. Capitanejo has the distinction of being the only one of Ponce's 31 barrios that borders a barrio in another municipality with the same name.

Features and demographics[edit]

The communities of La Fe, La Plena, La Cuarta, Buyones, and Tiburones are located in barrio Capitanejo.[6]

Capitanejo has 3.95 square miles (10 km2) of land area and 0.88 square miles (2.3 km2) of water area.[7] In 2000, the population of Capitanejo was 1,404 persons, and it had a density of 355 persons per square mile.[8][9]

The main roads serving Barrio Capitanejo are PR-1 and PR-510.

Notable landmarks[edit]

Capitanejo has the second shortest coastline of all of Ponce's five coastal barrios, after Bucaná.[10]

Coordinates: 17°59′19″N 66°32′53″W / 17.9886060°N 66.5481440°W / 17.9886060; -66.5481440[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunny A. Cabrera Salcedo. Hacia un Estudio Integral de la Toponimia del Municipio de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ph. D. dissertation. May 1999. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Graduate School. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Page 22.
  2. ^ Barrios de Ponce. Antepasados Esclavos.(From: Pedro Tomás de Córdoba. Memorias geográficas, históricas, económicas y estadísticas de la Isla de Puerto Rico.) Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ Government of the Municipality of Ponce. Periodico "El Señorial". Special issue: Carnaval Ponceño 2013. February 2013. Page 17. Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  4. ^ General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  5. ^ Ponce Topographic Map. Map Styles: Map and Shaded. Trails.com. From: United States Geological Survey. Topo Map. Projection: NAD83/WGS84. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  6. ^ Ponce Topographic Map. Map Styles: Map and Shaded. Trails.com. From: United States Geological Survey. Topo Map. Projection: NAD83/WGS84. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico -- County Subdivision and Place: GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 (Data Set: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data) Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  8. ^ Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico -- County Subdivision and Place: GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000 (Data Set: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data) Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  9. ^ Ponce, Puerto Rico: Barrios. Areciboweb. Retrieved, February 14, 2010.
  10. ^ General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  11. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Capitanejo Barrio