Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Municipio Autónomo de Barranquitas
Town and Municipality
"La Cuna de Próceres", "Cuna Feria de Artesanías", "El Altar de la Patria", "El Pueblo de Luis Muñoz Rivera"
|Anthem: "Aquí en el centro de nuestra tierra"|
Location of Barranquitas in Puerto Rico
|• Mayor||Elliot Colón Blanco (PNP)|
|• Senatorial dist.||6 - Guayama|
|• Representative dist.||26 and 28|
|• Total||33.21 sq mi (86.01 km2)|
|• Land||33 sq mi (86 km2)|
|• Water||0.004 sq mi (.01 km2)|
|• Density||910/sq mi (350/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
Barranquitas (Spanish pronunciation: [baraŋˈkitas]) is a small mountain municipality located in the central region of Puerto Rico, south of Corozal and Naranjito; north of Coamo and Aibonito; west of Comerío and Cidra; and east of Orocovis. Barranquitas is spread over 6 wards and Barranquitas Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Barranquitas is about one hour by winding roads from San Juan, the capital. It is nestled amid hills and mountains, and nearby, between Barranquitas and Aibonito, is located the "cañón de San Cristóbal" (Canyon of Saint Cristopher); one of the deepest canyons in the Indies. For years, the overlook was used as a municipal garbage; in the last decade, the refuse was removed and the site restored.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Energy consortium
- 4 Tourism
- 5 Culture
- 6 Economy
- 7 Special Communities Program
- 8 Demographics
- 9 Government
- 10 Education
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The town was founded in 1803 by Antonio Aponte Ramos. Early in the 20th century, Barranquitas residents, known as Barranquiteños, had a short but legendary territory war with residents of the city of Comerío.
The Municipality of Barranquitas is in the middle of the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico, which is the main mountain range that crosses the island from west to east. It is bordered by the municipalities of Corozal, Naranjito, Coamo, Aibonito, Orocovis, and Comerío. Barranquitas has a surface area of 34 square miles (88.4 km2).
The terrain is mostly mountainous. Some of the peaks found in the municipality are La Torrecilla and Farallón. Barranquitas is also the site of the San Cristóbal Canyon.
There are 14 bridges in Barranquitas.
Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a small barrio referred to as "el pueblo", near the center of the municipality.
An Energy Consortium was signed in late February, 2019 by Villalba, Orocovis, Morovis, Ciales and Barranquitas municipalities. The consortium is the first of its kind for the island. It is intended to have municipalities work together to safeguard and create resilient, and efficient energy networks, with backups for their communities.
Barranquitas is the burial place of two prominent Puerto Rican politicians, Luis Muñoz Rivera (who was born in town) and his son, Governor Luis Muñoz Marín (who was born in San Juan). This has made Barranquitas a popular tourist attraction among Puerto Ricans. The birthplace of Muñoz Rivera has been turned into a museum. The mausoleum of the Muñoz Rivera family is another place of interest. Among those buried are Muñoz Rivera and his son and daughter-in-law, Luis Muñoz Marín, and his second wife Inés Mendoza de Muñoz.
Other known places of interest in Barranquitas are the San Cristóbal Canyon, and the ruins of Hacienda Margarita. El Cortijo Castle is an old, historical structure, which is currently a museum. Also, Camp Morton is a popular spot for activities and retirements.
Festivals and events
Among the annual festivities celebrated in Barranquitas are: Festival del Apio (The Apio Festival) held in April. The apio (from the legume Apios tuberosa / Apios Americana) is a plant in the celery family. Festival de la Vega is held in May. The festival held in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua, the town's patron saint, is held in June. The annual Artisans Fair, which has been held in Puerto Rico for over 50 years is held in June.
Barranquitas has no professional sports teams, but there are some amateur sports teams based in the city. The most popular amateur sport is baseball. The team of Barranquitas is known as the "Proceres" (is an adjective for an important person in history)due to the fact that the town has been the birthplace for many historical figures. The other popular sport is the volleyball.
Some of the crops grown in Barranquitas are coffee, fruits, and vegetables. The main crop in Barranquitas is the Apio. The Apio is a root vegetable (from the legume Apios tuberosa / Apios Americana), and it is eaten like potatoes. Not to be confused with celeriac.
Barranquitas manufacturers include footwear and clothing.
Special Communities Program
In 2001, law 1-2001 was passed to identify communities with high levels of poverty in Puerto Rico. In 2017, Governor Rosello created a new government agency to work with the Special Communities of Puerto Rico Program. Of the 742 places on the list of Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods are in Barranquitas: El Amparo neighborhood, Cañabón barrio, La Vega neighborhood, Calle Abajo (Calle Melitón Pérez), La Loma, La Torre, Los Pinos, Quebrada Grande barrio, and Tres Caminos.
The United States took control of Puerto Rico from Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, finding that the population of Barranquitas was 8,103.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010
Many of the Puerto Ricans born in the town are known to have light-colored eyes and have strong European features. Some also have an apparent mestizo look to them. The reason for this phenomenon is due to the migration of many Taino Indians during the Spanish colonization. Many Tainos fled to the mountainous region to escape slavery. Many poor Spanish and other European immigrants moved to this region as well and settled as coffee growers. Eventually, the Taino and European immigrants intermarried and created what is called the "mestizo".
All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Barranquitas is Francisco López, of the New Progressive Party (PNP). He was elected at the 1996 general elections, and re-elected for the last 4 general elections.
|Escuela La Torre||K-6||Cañabón||Yes||Carr 770 km 2 (mile marker 1.2) Hm 1 (yard marker 110) Sector La Torre||
|Escuela Cañabón Abajo||K-6||Barrancas||Yes||Carr 172|
|Escuela Mana Abajo||K-6||Barrancas||Yes||Carr 771 km 9 (mile marker 5.6) Hm 2 (yard marker 220) Sector Mana Abajo||
|Escuela El Portón||K-6||Honduras||Yes||Carr 156 km 17 (mile marker 11) Hm 7 (yard marker 770) Sector El Portón||
|Escuela El Farallón||K-6||Quebradillas||Yes||Carr 152 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 6 (yard marker 660)||
|Escuela Sinforoso Aponte||K-6||Quebradillas||Yes||Carr 152 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 6 (yard marker 660)||
|Escuela Petroamérica Pagán||K-6||Pueblo||Yes||Calle Muñoz Rivera #14||
|Escuela La Vega (Stephen S. Huse)||K-6||Pueblo||Yes||Carr 771 km 0 (mile marker 0) Hm 3 (yard marker 330) Bda La Vega||
|Escuela S.U. Palo Hincado (Federico Degetau)||K-9||Palo Hincado||Yes||Carr 156 km 11 (mile marker 6.8) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)||
|Escuela S.U. La Loma (Antonio Vázquez Ramos)||K-9||Quebrada Grande||Yes||Carr 156 km 20 (mile marker 12) Hm 1 (yard marker 110)||
|Escuela S.U. Helechal||K-9||Helechal||Yes||Carr 162 km 7 (mile marker 4.3) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)||
|Escuela S.U. Lajitas (Ramon T Rivera)||K-9||Barrancas||Yes||Carr 771 km 5 (mile marker 3.1) Hm 4 (yard marker 440)||
|Escuela Pedro Laboy||7-9||Quebradillas||Yes||Carr 152 km 6 (mile marker 3.7) Hm 5 (yard marker 550)||
|Escuela José Berríos Berdecia||7-9||Pueblo||Yes||Calle Melitón Pereles||
|Escuela Pablo Colón Berdecia (Superior Vocational)||10-12||Pueblo||Yes||Calle Barcelo Final||
|Escuela Luis Muñoz Marín (Superior Commerce)||10-12||Quebradillas||Yes||Calle A Sector Nuevo||
|San Francisco de Asís School||K-9||Helechal||No||Carr 719 km 2 (mile marker 1.2) Hm 5 (yard marker 550) Sector Hoya Honda||
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