Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

Quebradillas, Puerto Rico – The Pirate’s Hideout

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Guajataca Tunnel

Foundation: Quebradillas (ke-brah-DEE-yahs) was founded, in 1823, by Don Felipe Ruiz and Francisco A. Bravo who donated land, eight acres and one and one-half acres respectively to erect the municipal buildings. Around 1805, the struggle to obtain authorization to populate a town began between the neighbors of what today are known as the municipalities of Quebradillas and Camuy. In 1815 the neighbors of Camuy Arriba, or Quebradillas, empowered Francisco Jiménez to request from the government authorization to found the town on the site of Quebradillas. After many efforts, on the 6th or 7th of June, 1823, the foundation of San Rafael of Quebradillas was carried out. That same year the municipal works began, fencing out the cemetery, and later followed the construction of the King’s House, which was concluded in 1824.

In 1902 the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico approved the law Consolidation of Certain Municipal Terms that eliminated the municipality of Quebradillas and incorporated its wards and civil employees to Camuy. Three years later, on March 9, 1905, a new law gave back to Quebradillas its title of municipality with the borders and wards it had in 1902. Quebradillas derives its name from the existence of numerous small gorges (quebrada/quebradillas) that drain its territory.

mapa quebradillasLocation: Quebradillas is bordered by: the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Guajataca River to the west, Camuy to the east, and Guajataca Lake to the south.
Area: 60.0 kilometros cuadrados / 23.0 millas cuadradas
Population: 25,450 (census 2000)
Population Density: 424.1 per sq km / 1,106.5 per sq mi
People are known as: Quebradillanos
Quebradillas is also known as:
La Guarida del Pirata (The Pirate’s Hideout)
La Ciudad Pirata (Pirate City)
La Ciudad del Cooperativismo (Cooperativism City)
El Rincón de Guajataca (Guajataca’s Nook)

Wards: Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Quebradillas
Habitants
Cacao 5,819
Charcas 403
Cocos 4,569
Guajataca 1,622
Quebradillas Pueblo 1,402
San Antonio 5,262
San José 2,532
Terranova 3,841
Total 25,450

Source: Censo 2000

Patron:
San Rafael Arcángel
San Rafael Arcangel Parish
110 San Carlos
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
(787) 895-2035
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San Rafael Arcangel Parish

Topography: It belongs to the Northwestern Plateau, but to the south of its territory (Guajataca, Charcas and part of San Antonio) presents the topographic and climatic characteristics of the region of humid hills of the north, in which the elevations above sea level fluctuate between the 200 and 500 meters (656 and 1.640 feet); the Guarionex mountains run through these wards. This municipality is also in the karst region where we find wooded hills, drains, and caverns; all typical of this region.
Hydrography: To the east flows the Guajataca River and in the south it has the Guajataca Lake.
Economy: Agriculture; cattle, comerce and tourism.
Average Salary: $249.71 weekly (1998)

quebradillas banderaFlag: The flag is a symbol that relates us to this part of Puerto Rico, displaying it to express that we are standing. The flag, outer part of the shield, forms part of the blazons. It has two red quarters. The red stands for struggle, effort and sacrifice. The other two quarters have each five (5) green and white stripes, similar to those that appear in the shield.

The green symbolizes renovation, spring, transformation, as we represent it in the branches and leaves of our friend the tree. The waves remember the small gorges that sing the freshness of our meadows, and also the blue waters of our Guajataca, unique in their beauty. They also recall the athletic vigor of the waves of our sea, from which the warring and well-known soldier name of pirates came from.

quebradillas escudoCoat Of Arms: The symbolism of the shield is taken from the name of the town, Quebradillas and from the attributes of its patron saint, Arcángel San Rafael of the Quebradillas.

The three waved stripes represent the quebradillas, over the green background of the vegetation. The fish and the walking stick (distinctive of the traveller), are insignias of San Rafael Arcángel, by allusion from the episodes narrated in the book of Tobías in the Old Testament. These attributes appear in the old seal of the parochial church of San Rafael of the Quebradillas.

Quebradillas public schools.

Name Level Telephone Address
JOSÉ DE DIEGO ELEMENTAL (787) 895-5709 PO Box 1437
RAMÓN ÁVILA MOLINARI ELEMENTAL (787) 895-3169 PO Box 1437
RAMÓN EMETERIO BETANCES ELEMENTAL (787) 895-2575 PO Box 1559
RAMÓN SAAVEDRA ELEMENTAL (787) 895-0275 PO Box 1559
DR. PEDRO ALBIZU CAMPOS INTERMEDIO (787) 895-2780 PO Box 1008
EUGENIO MARIA DE HOSTOS SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 895-5077 PO Box 1559
HONORIO HERNÁNDEZ SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 895-2962 PO Box 707
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA SEGUNDA UNIDAD (787) 895-2146 HC 2 Box 9693
JUAN ALEJO ARIZMENDI SUPERIOR (787) 895-2180 PO Box 1555
SUP. MANUEL RAMOS HERNÁNDEZ SUPERIOR (787) 895-7117 PO Box 1564

Hymn: By Guillermo Venegas Lloveras

De lejos canto, porque anhela el corazón
cantarle a este rincón que no se olvida.
De lejos canto, mi más sentida canción
que llena de recuerdos nuestras vidas.

Hay que ver como de noche la luna
va castigando el palmar,
y con látigos de plata
va azotando inútilmente el mar.

Y se ven maravillosas
como duendes en retozo,
los destellos intranquilos
en el límpido cristal.

Noche, sutil maravilla
yo vi en Quebradillas
a noche más linda
que pude soñar.

Cálida, salpicada de estrellas,
romance y querellas canciones
que tienen sabor tropical.

Events:
Three Kings Wake – January
Kite Festival – February
Guajataca Carnival – February
Patron Celebrations – October

quebradilla lago
Lake Guajataca

Places To Visit:
Noah’s Arc
El Merendero
La Cabeza del Indio
Guajataca Lake
Puerto Hermina Ruins
Guajataca Tunel
Liberty Theater

Distinguished Citizens:
Guillermo Venegas LLoveras – Composer
Manuel Román
Luis Germán Cajigas
Raymond Dalmau – Basketball Player
Manuel Ramos Hernández
Vicenta Deliz
Luis M. Hernández Saavedra
Pedro Hernández


How to get to Quebradillas from San Juan.

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