Fajardo, Puerto Rico – The Hard Faces

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Puerto del Rey Marina

Foundation: Governor Bravo de Rivera founded the town in 1760. In 1772 it was named Santiago de Fajardo (fah-HAHR-do), it’s believed that Don Guozo Calderón was the founding governor of the town of Fajardo. The town of Fajardo had benefited much from the Power Law, by which several ports were opened to commerce, among them the Port of Fajardo.

In 1817 apparently three Venezuelan boats attacked the population, it is not known if the intentions were to occupy it or to resupply with food and water. In any case, they were rejected by the population. It was not until October 19, 1812, when the first city council was formed with the Mayor Don Manuel de Rivera that would direct the destinies of Fajardo.

In 1824 an incident took place in which a Commodore of the United States Navy was involved. Shortly after the mayor of Fajardo jailed a the Navy officer, Commodore Porter anchored in the port and threatened bombing the population if excuses were not given for the treatment of his subordinate. This was reason for Commodore Porter to be court marshaled.

The Fajardo economy traditionally had been oriented towards commerce through the port, and the cultivation of sugar cane and raising cattle. They did not lack in cultural activities and occupations. In 1882 Professor Sarroya had established a school; two years later the first Fajardo newspapers were founded, the Zumbador and La Voz de Oriente.

When the invasion from the United States took place in Puerto Rico, the Navy carried out a diversionary strike against Las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse. On August 1, 1898, they occupied the lighthouse. The population, by initiative of Dr. Veve Calzada, surrendered to avoid civilian losses.

In 1905 the foundation of the Fajardo Sugar Cane Refinery took place, the most important company to the local economy until it closed its doors in 1977.

mapa doradoLocation: Fajardo occupies the east end of Puerto Rico. It bordered by: the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east; by Ceiba to the south; and Luquillo to the west.
Area: 80.6 sq km / 31.0 sq mi
Population: 40,712 (census 2000)
Population Density: 505.1 per sq km / 1,313.2 per sq mi
People are known as: Fajardeños
Fajardo is also known as:
Los Cariduros (The Hard Faces)
La Metrópolis del Sol Naciente (The Rising Sun Metropoly)

Wards: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Fajardo
Habitants
Cabezas 1,465
Demajagua 1,094
Fajardo Pueblo 17,864
Florencio 4,225
Naranjo 218

Quebrada Fajardo
10,137
Quebrada Vueltas 3,239
Río Arriba 1,545
Sardinera 925
Total 40,712

Source: Censo 2000

Patrón:
Santiago Apóstol
Apartado 806
Fajardo, Puerto Rico 00738
Tel. (787) 863-2365

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Topography: The most elevated parts of the territory are towards the southwest, in the Río Arriba ward, which is part of the Luquillo Sierra. The height fluctuates between 200 and 500 meters. The rest of the territory is level, as it corresponds to the municipalities located in the Eastern Coastal Plain.
Hydrography: Fajardo River and the Fajardo Gorge. The Fajardo River has as its affluents the Juan Diego Gorge, Aguas Buenas Gorge, and the Mata Redonda Gorge; it extends 24 kilometers (15 miles) and is born in the Río Abajo ward, municipality of Ceiba, at 800 meters elevation. Towards the extreme northwest of this municipality we find the Aguas Prietas and Grande lagoons.
Economy: Manufacture (pharmaceuticals and medical equipment), tourism and commerce.
Average Salary: $302.54 weekly (1998)

fajardo banderaFlag: It’s a tricolor triband. The upper one is gules (red), symbolizing the color of the shield’s border. Silver (white), the center one, standing for the color of the main pieces that appear in the shield and the crown. Azure (blue), the lower one, represents the color of the sky and the sea of Fajardo. Centered is the Coat of Arms of the village (villa) in natural colors.

fajardo escudoCoat Of Arms: The Coat of Arms is formed as a square with a rounded base and stamped at the top with a crown mural of three towers. It has for support, two dolphins and underneath the base a banner with the inscription “FAJARDO DE SANTIAGO”.

The blue represents the color of the sky and the sea of Puerto Rico. In a heraldic way the blue symbolizes the sapphire which stands for: justice, vigilance, recreation, fervor and loyalty of its citizens. The silver or white color symbolizes a pearl. It stands for: humility, innocence, happiness, purity, restraint, frankness, integrity, eloquence, fairness and victory (without shedding blood) from its enemies. The small sloop symbolizes the recreational navigation of the region. The seagulls in flight symbolize in marine heraldic: the providence, the aid and the prudence of being near to the coastal protection. The silver waves represent the waves of the sea. The border symbolizes protection and shelter of the villa. The color gule (red) symbolizes the ruby and stands for: bravery, nobility, intrepidity, joy, victory, generosity and honor. The shells symbolize the ones used by Santiago Apostle, who was the patron of the villa in its beginnings. The shells are eight, and represent the eight wards of Fajardo that are: Sardinera, Cabezas, Quebrada Vuelta, Demajagua, Río Arriba, Naranjo, Florencio and Quebrada Fajardo, that form part of the jurisdiction of the municipality. The mesh that covers the border symbolizes the fish net that the fishermen of the area use for producing a product that abounds more in this coast of the Island. The supports are illustrated by gold dolphins symbolizing the control that the people of that region exert over the sea and its fishing wealth.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Fajardo Region
Fajardo District

Name Level Telephone Addeess
Elementary
BERTA ZALDUONDO K-6 (787) 863-3959 PO Box 481, P.R. 00740-0000
DR. JOSÉ RAMOS LEBRÓN K-6 (787) 863-0224 PO Box 842 PUERTO REAL, P.R. 00740-0000
DR. SANTIAGO VEVE CALZADA K-6 (787) 863-1385 PO Box 1027, P.R. 00738-1027
EUGENIO M. BRACA 4-6 (787) 863-0324 PO Box 759, P.R. 00738-0000
GABINO SOTO K-3 (787) 863-8482 PO Box 759, P.R. 00738-0000
INÉS ENCARNACIÓN K-6 (787) 863-7570 PO Box 1091, P.R. 00738-0000
MARIA I. DONES K-6 (787) 863-8240 HC 67 Box 15866, P.R. 00738-0000
PEDRO ROSARIO NIEVES K-6 (787) 863-1840 PO Box 1183, P.R. 00738-0000
RAMÓN QUIÑONES PACHECO K-6 (787) 863-0624 155 CALLE FEDERICO GARCÍA, P.R. 00738-0000
RAMONA RIVERA DE MORALES K-6 (787) 863-8085 PO Box 1091, P.R. 00738-0000
ROSA PASCUALA PARIS PK-6 (787) 863-8520 URB. GARDENS CALLE 23, P.R. 00738-0000
Intermediate
ANTONIO VALERO BERNABÉ 7-9 (787) 863-0024 PO Box 953, P.R. 00738-0000
JOSEFINA FERRERO 7-9 (787) 863-6770 PO Box 1106, P.R. 00738-0000
High School
DR. SANTIAGO VEVE CALZADA 10-12 (787) 863-0125 PO Box 1027, P.R. 00738-0000
NUEVA ESCUELA SUPERIOR VOC. 10-12 (787) 863-0424 PO Box 1027, P.R. 00738-1007

Hymn:By Juan R. Marrero & Cass Harrison

Fajardo que aquí en el oriente,
paciente como un pescador,
atrapas en el horizonte,
el primer rayito de sol.

Lo reflejas en Sardinera
lo esparces a tu alrededor
llevándole luz a Borinquén
que brilla como un prendedor.

Fajardo escogido del cielo
mi pequeño pueblo quiero
decirte que eres orgullo
de todo buen Fajardeño.

Así vivas sierra adentro
o en la playa Puerto Real.
Fajardo que aquí en el oriente,
paciente como un pescador,
atrapas en el horizonte,
el primer rayito de sol.

Lo reflejas en Sardinera
lo esparces a tu alrededor
llevándole luz a Borinquén
que brilla como un prendedor.

Events:
Bicicletada Fajardeña – April
Kite Festival – April
Kelly Cup Sailboat Regata – April
Bomba & Plena Festival – May
Patron Festivities Santiago Apóstol – July
Paradise Fiesta – August
Cocolía Festival – November

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Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse

Places To Visit:
Fajardo Airport
Old Fajardo Sugar Cane Refinery
Icacos & Palomino Keys
Marina Isle
Bioluminiscent Lagoon
Las Cabezas de San Juan
Natural Reserve Las Croabas
Puerto del Rey Marina

Distinguished Citizens:
Dr. Antonia Coello De Novelo – Ex US General Surgeon
Antonio R. Barceló (1869-1938) – Senator (biography)
John John Molina (1965) – Boxer
Maguí Mercado – Musician

 


How to get to Fajardo from San Juan.

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