Canas (Ponce)

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Barrio Canas
Scene in Barrio Canas at PR-585 and PR-2
Scene in Barrio Canas at PR-585 and PR-2
Location of barrio Canas within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Location of barrio Canas within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Country  United States
Territory  Puerto Rico
Municipality Ponce2.gif Ponce
Area
 • Total 22.82 sq mi (59.1 km2)
 • Land 14.50 sq mi (37.6 km2)
 • Water 8.32 sq mi (21.5 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 34,065
 • Density 2,349/sq mi (907/km2)
  Source: 2000 Census

Canas is one of the 31 barrios in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Along with Anón, Coto Laurel, Guaraguao, Quebrada Limón, Real, San Patricio, and Marueño, and the coastal barrio of Capitanejo, Canas is one of the municipality's nine bordering barrios. It borders the municipality of Peñuelas. Along with Playa, Bucana, Vayas and Capitanejo, Canas is also one of Ponce's five coastal barrios. The name of this barrio if of native Indian origin.[1] It was founded in 1831.[2]

Location[edit]

Canas is a suburban and partly mountainous barrio located in the southern section of the municipality, west of the city of Ponce, at latitude 18.000283N, and longitude -66.658800 W.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

It is bounded on the North by the hills north of Camino Bello Road, the hills north of PR-132, and Clavel Street, on the South by the Caribbean Sea, on the West by the El Peñon de Ponce promontory, the hills west of Correccional Las Cucharas Street, and the hills west of PR-549, and on the East by the hills west of PR-123, the future western branch of PR-9, Río Pastillo (roughly) and Río Matilde (roughly).[4][5]

In terms of barrio-to-barrio boundaries, Canas is bounded in the North by the Quebrada Limón and Portugues, in the South by the Caribbean Sea, in the West by the barrios of Encarnacion, Tallaboa Saliente, and Tallaboa Alta of the municipality of Peñuelas, and in the East by Magueyes, Magueyes Urbano, Canas Urbano, and Playa.[6]

Features and demographics[edit]

El Tuque Beach as seen from Puerto Rico Highway 2 (PR-2) in Barrio Canas

Canas is divided into three sub-barrios according to the U.S. Census Bureau: Baldorioty de Castro, Clausells, and Reparada.[7][8] The northern portion of Canas is home to the communities of Quebrada del Agua, Mansiones del Sur, Pastillo Alto, Villa Paraiso, Jardines del Caribe, Villa Delicias, Casa Mia, Villas del Caribe, Valle Alegre, and Quintas del Sur, while the southern section is host to La Cotorra,[9] Baramaya, Bello Horizonte, Las Margaritas, La Matilde, Punto Oro, Punta Diamante, El Tuque, Nueva Vida, Las Batatas, Brisas del Caribe, and Las Cucharas.[10]

Canas has 14.5 square miles (38 km2) of land area and 8.3 square miles (21 km2) of water area. In 2000, the population of Canas was 34,065 persons, and it had a density of 2,349 persons per square mile.[11] Canas, has the distinction of being the most populated barrio in the municipality of Ponce.[12] It also has the longest coastline of all barrios in Ponce.

Major roads in barrio Canas are PR-2, PR-132, PR-500, and PR-549.[13]

The highest point in Barrio Canas stands at 918 feet and is located at the northernmost tip of the barrio. Another notable land feature is the Penon de Ponce promontory near the shoreline which stands at 331 feet.[14]

Notable landmarks[edit]

Barrio Canas is home to Salinas Lagoon, a natural reserve.[15] El Tuque Beach is also located in Barrio Canas.

The Francisco Parra Duperón school is located in the barrio.[16]

Coordinates: 17°59′23″N 66°40′04″W / 17.9896429°N 66.6678800°W / 17.9896429; -66.6678800[17]

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 54.
  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. ^ City Melt Retrieved, February 22, 2010.
  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. Archived August 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Ponce Topographic Map. Map Styles: Map and Shaded. Trails.com. From: United States Geological Survey. Topo Map. Projection: NAD83/WGS84. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  6. ^ 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. Archived August 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  7. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000. Ponce and Its Barrios. (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 14, 2010.
  8. ^ 1990 Census of Housing. Detailed Housing Characteristics: Puerto Rico. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  9. ^ Para noviembre la planta de reciclaje de gomas. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  10. ^ Mapa de Localizacion Limite de Barrios de Ponce. Oficina de Ordenacion Territorial. Municipio Autonomo de Ponce. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  11. ^ City Melt Retrieved, February 22, 2010.
  12. ^ Barrio Canas Most Populated
  13. ^ 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. Archived August 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  14. ^ Maptest. Archived February 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. 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 10 November 2011.
  15. ^ 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. Archived August 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  16. ^ Fortuño Janiero, Luis (1963). Album Historico de Ponce (in Spanish). Ponce: Imprenta Fortuño. 
  17. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canas Barrio