Hatillo, Puerto Rico – Milk Industry Capital

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A young man disguised as “Holy Innocent” that is celebrated every December 27 in anticipation of “Mask Day”.

Foundation: Don Agustín Ruíz Miranda founded Hatillo (ah-TEE-yo) as a village June 30, 1823. Its first mayor was Don Francisco Martinez. Originally the lands consisted of a lot that was approximately ten “cuerdas” (a cuerda is less than an acre). They were granted by Agustín Ruíz Miranda with the condition that public buildings be erected and wide streets be built and the remaining land be sold or yielded for homes. The lands could not be used for any other reasons than those as stipulated by him.

The town is also known as “Hatillo del Corazón del Riego” (Hatillo Heart of Riego) for two reasons: it had been separated from the district (barrio) of Hato Grande de Arecibo (Great Ranch of Arecibo). This district had been previously subdivided by the districts Hato Arriba (High Ranch), Hato Abajo (Low Ranch) and Hatillo. These names are a result of the main use of the lands at that time, which were the property of Don Esteban Colón. The main part was dedicated to cattle pastures or cattle ranches.

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Miguelito Alcaide Monument

The second reason is a consequence of the revolution initiated by Don Rafael de Riego y Nuñez in Spain against the absolutist government of King Fernando VII and in tribute to his big “heart” in his liberation efforts.

A proposal by the syndicate Don Gabriel de Arana the name of “Hatillo del Corazón de Riego” (Hatillo Heart of Riego) was given to the new city. The governor of Puerto Rico then was Don Miguel de la Torre.

In the early years of its foundation, Hatillo had 910 inhabitants. During the following years this increased to 2,663 distributed in the urban zone districts (barrios) of Carrizales, Capáez, Naranjito, Corcovado, Buena Vista, (before Yeguada Occidental), Campo Alegre, (before Yeguada Oriental), Pajuil, Bayaney, Aibonito and Barrio Pueblo. In the 1940 census the Pajuil district disappeared being divided between Buena Vista, Naranjito, Corcovado and Campo Alegre.

Hatillo is known as the “Milk Industry Capital “. It is the biggest (per square mile) producer of milk in the world and produces one-third of the milk consumed in Puerto Rico.

mapa hatilloLocation: Hatillo is located on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. It is bordered by: the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Lares and Utuado to the south, Arecibo to the east, and Camuy to the west.
Area: 109.0 sq km / 42.0 sq mi
Population: 38,925 (census 2000)
Population Density: 357.1 per sq km / 926.7 per sq mi
People are known as: Hatillanos
Hatillo is also known as:
Capital De La Industria Lechera (Milk Industry Capital)
Hatillo Del Corazón De Riego (Hatillo Heart of Riego)
Tierra de Campos Verdes (Land of Green Fields)
Pueblo Sin Sopa (Town Without Soup)
Los Ganaderos (The Dairy Farmers)

Wards: Hatillo, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Hatillo
Habitantes
Aibonito 2,705
Barrio Pueblo 4,210
Bayaney 3,373
Buena Vista 2,279
Campo Alegre 4,829
Capáez 4,271
Carrizales 6,807
Corcovado 4,064
Hatillo Pueblo 2,757
Naranjito 3,630
Total 38,925

Source: Censo 2000

Matron:
Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish
P.O. Box 2
Hatillo, Puerto Rico 00659-0002
(787) 898-5300
Fundation: 1830
Matron’s day: July 16

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Topography: Located between the mountains and the coastal plains, it forms part of the zone designated as the Plateau of the Northwest where there is a predominantly level coastal strip. Towards the interior of the municipality the topography becomes irregular.
Hydrography: Camuy River
Economy: Today dairy farms dominate the industry of the town and some factories as a secon alternative help promote the economy. Hatillo is the biggest (per square mile) producer of milk of the world and produces one-third part consumed in Puerto Rico. Plaza del North Mall located in the district of Carrizalez is the fifth mall in importance of the country.

hatillo banderaFlag: The flag consists of three stripes:

  • Blue represents the sea
  • Yellow the material and artistic wealth of the town
  • Green the vegetation of its fields in all its territorial extension

hatillo escudoCoat Of Arms: A divided and semi-cut shield:

  • On top, a gold crown with three towers.
  • In a silver field a Custard Apple tree (annona reticulata).
  • In one field two cows in gold.
  • Eight blue and silver-plated waves.
  • To the center a shield of “La Orden del Carmen”
  • Under the shield as a motto the inscription, Hatillo Del Corazón.

Symbolisms:

  • The crown establishes the category of town for Hatillo and symbolizes the union of all its citizens.
  • The Custard Apple tree (annona reticulata) and the cows, allusive to a cattle ranch, are the voice of the town, which graphically proclaims the original name of the town Hatillo del Corazón de Riego.
  • The silver plated and blue waves represents the beach of Hatillo. .
  • To the center, the shield of La Orden del Carmen, which symbolizes the matron of the population, which is in Puerto Rico an important center of this Mariana avocation.
Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Arecibo Region
Hatillo District

Name Level Telephone Address
Elementary
ADRIÁN MARTÍNEZ GANDIA K-6 (787) 898-3440 PO Box 1717, P.R. 00659-0000
CARMEN NOELIA PERAZA TOLEDO K-6 (787) 898-0001 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
EUGENIO MARIA DE HOSTOS K-6 (787) 898-1586 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
JOAQUÍN RODRÍGUEZ RUIZ K-6 (787) 898-9272 PO Box 1336, P.R. 00659-0000
JOSÉ GAUTIER BENÍTEZ PK-6 (787) 898-9096 PO Box 1707, P.R. 00659-0000
LUIS MELÉNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ K-6 (787) 898-9497 PO Box 69001 Suite 207, P.R. 00659-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA K-6 (787) 898-1830 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
MANUEL CORCHADO K-6 (787) 898-7240 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
ROSA E. MOLINARI PK-6 (787) 898-4000 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
TEODORO ROOSEVELT K-3 (787) 898-7040 43 PO Box 7, P.R. 00659-0000
Intermediate
JULIET A. CASEY 7-9 (787) 898-4170 PO Box 1653, P.R. 00659-1653
TIMOTEO DELGADO 7-9 (787) 898-9566 PO Box 69001 Suite 182, P.R. 00659-0000
Secondary
LUIS MELÉNDEZ RODRÍGUEZ 7-12 (787) 898-6911 PO Box 69001 Suite 275, P.R. 00659-0000
SU RAFAEL ZAMOT CRUZ K-9 (787) 820-0841 PO Box 59003 Suite 166, P.R. 00659-0000
High School
LORENZO COBALLES GANDIA 10-12 (787) 898-4300 PO Box 1357, P.R. 00659-0000

Hymn: Author : Charlie Aguilar
Musical arrangement: Papo Sánchez

De un mar azul en el Atlántico
De verdes campos a todo largo
Olas plateadas jugando en blanco
Es este pueblo, pueblo afanado.

Con tradiciones de gran legado
De ilustres hombres muy aclamados
Poetas libres y literarios
Que son orgullo del proletario.

Máscaras típicas de Islas Canarias
Como es el Truco también traído
Y en los deportes reconocidos
Esos son frutos bien cosechados.

Lolen Coballes, P.H. Hernández
Felipe y Cosme de los Aranas
Y con Don Lalo, bellos paisajes
Fueron pintados por Don Oscar.

Piedra del Hombre de Pedro Pablo
La cuesta vieja; la del Guamá
Son pintorescos de su inventario
Pueblo de Hatillo, pueblo afamado.

Events:
Truco (card game) – all year
Fiestas de la Cruz – May
San Juan Day – June
Matron Celebration- July
Festival Típico del Cooperativismo – October
Festival de las Máscaras – 28 December (colorful mask festival)
Tipical Festivities – December

Curiosities:
Hatillo has the biggest pot in Puerto Rico. Measuring 8 feet across by 2½ feet deep. It has traveled all over the island for activities. In one occasion 2,400 lbs. of rice, ham, chicken and other ingredients were prepared. The owner is Dr. Sigfredo (Fifo) Aguilar.

Places To Visit:
Parish
Robinson Schoolhouse
Hacienda Santa Rosa Ruins
Trapiche de Santa Rosa
Antigua Central Bayaney
Pagan Caverns
Hatillo Caverns
Sardinera Beach
La Marina
Del Carmen Walk
José Antonio Monrouzeau Theater
Francisco Deida Méndez Stadium
Los Ilustres Park
Colonial Walk
Plaza Norte Mall
Casa De Playa Country Inn

Distinguished Citizens:
Fernando Ledesma
José R. Millán
Ramón Millán
José P.H. Hernández
Luis H. Lacomba
Lorenzo Coballes Gandia
Pedro Pablo Vargas
Felipe Arana
José Antonio Monrouzeau
Pablo J. Aguilar
Oscar Colón Delgado
Carmelo Rodríguez
Juan R. (Roco) García
Dr. Francisco M. Susoni
Sen. Velda González
Manuel Alcaide Cordero
Dr. Guillermo Curbelo

 


How to get to Hatillo from San Juan.

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