Las Marías, Puerto Rico
Municipio de Las Marías
Town and Municipality
Sign for Las Marías on Puerto Rico Highway 129
"Pueblo de la China Dulce", "Ciudad de los Cítricos"
|Anthem: "Por tus montes y tus aguas cristalinas"|
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Las Marías Municipality
|• Mayor||Edwin Soto Santiago (NPP)|
|• Senatorial dist.||4 - Mayagüez|
|• Representative dist.||16|
|• Total||46.51 sq mi (120.5 km2)|
|• Land||46.36 sq mi (120.1 km2)|
|• Water||.11 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|• Density||210/sq mi (82/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−4 (AST)|
Las Marías (Spanish pronunciation: [las maˈrias]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located north of Maricao; southeast of Añasco; south of San Sebastián; east of Mayagüez; and west of Lares. Las Marías is spread over 13 barrios and Las Marías Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
Las Marías was founded on July 1, 1871. Don Benito Recio and Moreno were the acting mayor during the founding of Las Marías.
Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and became a territory of the United States. in 1899, the United States conducted its first census of Puerto Rico finding that the population of Las Marías was 11,279.
Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Las Marías. In some areas of Las Marías there were more than 25 landslides per square mile due to the significant amount of rainfall.
Las Marías is located on the central western side of Puerto Rico. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the municipality has a total area of 46.51 square miles (120.5 km2), of which 46.36 square miles (120.1 km2) is land and 0.11 square mile (0.28 km2) is water.
Río Grande de Añasco (also known as Río Guacio) is located in Las Marías.
Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Las Marías is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located near the center of the municipality, in a small barrio referred to as "el pueblo".
Barrios (which are like minor civil divisions) in turn are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (sectors in English). The types of sectores may vary, from normally sector to urbanización to reparto to barriada to residencial, among others.
Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico (Special Communities of Puerto Rico) are marginalized communities whose citizens are experiencing a certain amount of social exclusion. A map shows these communities occur in nearly every municipality of the commonwealth. Of the 742 places that were on the list in 2014, the following 7 sectors were in Adjuntas: Sector La Josefa in Bucarabones, Sector Bryan in Cerróte, Sector Chamorro in Cerróte, Sector Palo Prieto in Palma Escrita, Sector Plato Indio in Río Cañas, Las Juanitas in Furnias, and Sector Santa Rosa in Furnias.
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Paradise Camping Coffee Farm is a place for ecotourism and camping in Las Marías.
Landmarks and places of interest
- Barrietos Cavern
- Fronteras Hacienda
- Planell Hacienda
- Rullán Hacienda
- San Calisto Hacienda
- San Carlos Plaza
- Paco Gaztambide Sugar Mill Ruins
- Las Canadindias
- Agriculture: bananas, coffee, and citrus.
- Manufacturing: clothing.
Festivals and events
Las Marías celebrates its patron saint festival in December. The Fiestas Patronales Inmaculada Concepción de María is a religious and cultural celebration that generally features parades, games, artisans, amusement rides, regional food, and live entertainment.
Other festivals and events celebrated in Las Marías include:
- January - Three King's Festival
- March - Orange Festival (Festival de las Chinas). At the 2019 festival, a big name band, El Gran Combo performed at the festival, and a group of trobadours from Cuba performed with local Puerto Rican trobadours.
- March - Festival to commemorate the founding of Las Marías (Festival de Las Marías)
Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Las Marías is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Edwin Soto Santiago, from the New Progressive Party (PNP). Soto Santiago was elected during the 2016 general election, having previously served office from 1997 to 2013.
There are 13 bridges in Las Marías.
The flag is divided by an imaginary diagonal line whose ends are the upper left angle of the flag and the opposite lower angle. The upper part is yellow and the lower half is green. The yellow portion represents the sun bathing the town and the green portion represents the nature and vegetation of the municipality.
Coat of arms
The shield is divided into six parts with three in silver and three in blue. A "María" tree (Callophylum brasiliense antillum), with a pair of coffee tree branches to the sides of its trunk, adorns each silver part. The monogram and crown of Nuestra Señora la Santísima Virgen de Plata is placed in the top center portion of the shield. The shield's border is red with a broken chain at the bottom. Above the shield resides three tower crown in gold.
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