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Aibonito, Puerto Rico

Aibonito, Puerto Rico – City Of Flowers Foundation: Don Manuel Vélez founded Aibonito on March 13, 1824. Aibonito (ei-bo-NEE-to) is derived from the Taíno Jatibonuco language which means “river at night”. This territory once belonged to the Villa de Coamo and was known as Laybonito, later Aybonito and finally Aibonito. A legend also says that the name “Aibonito” is derived from the story of a Spanish musketeer admiring the Asomante Mountain and inspired by the

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Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Captain Correa Villa Foundation: Arecibo (ah-re-SEE-boh) has existed as a population nucleus since the early years of the sixteenth century (1533). In the year 1570 the Taino Indians entrusted the land to the Spaniards who began to live in the village. According to history, the name Arecibo comes from an Indian Chief named Arazibo. The historian, Francisco M. Cadilla, doubts this assertion as he mentions in his book, “Los Ochonentistas,” based

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Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

Barranquitas, Puerto Rico – Home of Notable Citizens Foundation: Barranquitas’ (bahr-rahn-KEE-tahs) name is derived from its muddy terrain. During the XIX century Comerío, Hato Puerto, Aibonito, Jatibonico, Orocovis and Los Barros became towns or parties, Barranquitas being one of first in 1803. During the first years of the XVI century (1508), it was necessary to unite the south of the island with the north with a route crossing the center of the island. At the

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Comerío, Puerto Rico

Comerío, Puerto Rico – The Pearl of The Plata Foundation: Comerío (ko-me-REE-o) was founded June 12, 1826. It was originally founded with the name Sabana del Palmar (Palm Savannah), because of the abundance of palms that existed in the area. From the beginning of the XIX century a desire existed between the neighbors of the districts of Bayamón, Cidra and Barranquitas, to become independent from their respective parties and to constitute a new municipality. In

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Maricao, Puerto Rico

Maricao, Puerto Rico – Town of Indian Settlements Foundation: Maricao (mah-ree-KOU) was founded April 10, 1874 by Bernardo Collado, Julián Ayala, Francisco M. Sojo, Napoleón Pietri and Leoncio S. Martínez who requested authorization from the Provincial Delegation to found a town at the site of Maricao for these reasons: the almost impassable long roads to San Germán, and the vain hope of improvement by the nature of the distance that separated them from the Villa

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Naranjito, Puerto Rico

Naranjito, Puerto Rico – The Town of Colors Foundation: Naranjito’s (nah-rahn-HEE-to) struggle to become a municipality began in 1810. After many setbacks with the rich and powerful interests of the era, authorization was obtained to found the town on December 3, 1824. This town was founded in 1824 after being separated from Toa Alta. With official, civil and religious documents from Toa Alta in their possession, the inhabitants of seven wards were empowered to demand

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Orocovis, Puerto Rico

Orocovis, Puerto Rico – Heart of Puerto Rico Foundation: Before its foundation, Orocovis, with approximately 75 families (o-ro-KO-vis) was a ward (Barros) of Barranquitas. After the beginning of the last century the neighbors had made arrangements to found a town separate from the head of district. On May 25, 1825 the population empowered Don Juan de Rivera Santiago to request from the governing authorities approval to found a population center on the site of Barros.

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Utuado, Puerto Rico

Utuado, Puerto Rico – City of the Viví Foundation: Before the discovery of the Island, Utuado (oo-too-AH-do), had been populated by diverse indigenous cultures. The main groups were: the archaic, igneris, sub-taínos and finally during twelvth century, the Taínos. Utuado’s name derives from Cacique (Chief) Otoao which means “between mountains”. In 1512, several landowners had settled there, among them Blas de Villasante and Antonio Cedeño. Both wanted to found a town on their estates, but

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