Añasco, Puerto Rico

Añasco, Puerto Rico

Where The Gods Die

anasco playaFoundation: Don Luis de Añasco (ah-NYAHS-ko) founded the city of Añasco 1733. Juan Ponce de León sent him to this region to surpress a revolt by the Taíno Cacique Chayoán. The revolt arose after Cacique Chayoán ordered the drowning of Diego Salcedo in the Río Grande de Añasco river (called by the Taínos, Gurabo River), verifying that the Spaniards were not Gods but, instead, mortals. That is why today Añasco is called “Donde los Dioses Mueren” (Where The Gods Die).

Luis de Añasco was from neighboring San Germán and proprietor of the land where the town of Añasco was founded in 1733 by initiative of the rich landowner Don José de Santiago. This property was located on the margins of the river “Guaorabo”, today known as Río de Añasco.

mapa anascoLocation: Located in the Costal Valley of the West. It is bordered by: Rincón, Aguada and Moca to the north, Mayagüez to the south, San Sebastían and Las Marías to the east, and the Mona Passage to the west.

Area: 92.0 sq km / 40.0 sq mi
Population: 28,348 (census 2000)
Population Density: 308.1 per sq km / 708.7 per sq mi
People are known as: Añasqueños
Añasco is also known as:
Donde Los Dioses Mueren
El Pueblo de los Morcilleros
Los Nativos

Barrios: Añasco, Puerto Rico
Censo 2000:
Population by Wards – Añasco
Añasco Pueblo 1,038
Añasco Abajo 32
Añasco Arriba 1,847
Caguabo 903
Caracol 1,037
Carreras 3,303
Casey Abajo 180
Casey Arriba 523
Cerro Gordo 411
Cidra 332
Corcovada 659
Dagüey 1,891
Espino 1,646
Hatillo 1,383
Humatas 551
Marías 4,498
Miraflores 730
Ovejas 1,603
Piñales 2,163
Playa 1,652
Quebrada Larga 1,506
Río Arriba 176
Río Cañas 284
Total 28,348

Source: Censo 2000

San Antonio Abad
San Antonio Abad Parish
Apartado 392, Añasco, P.R. 00610
(787) 826-2215
Mass Schedule:
Daily: 7:30am & 7:00pm
Saturday: 6:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am & 7:00pm
anasco iglesia

Topography: The terrain is practically level and it has beautiful beaches. The elevations pertaining to the Central Mountain Range (Cordillera Central) that stand out in the topography of the municipality are the following: Canta Gallo (370 m), Gordo (340 m), and Pichón with the same height.
Hydrography: The hydrographic system includes the rivers Río Grande de Añasco, Humatas and Dagüey and various gorges; also the rivers La Justo, Icaco, Caguabo, La Balsa and Cerro Gordo.
Climate: Annual precipitation is approximately 80.4 inches and the average temperature is 75º Farenheit.
Economy: The main source of income comes from the industries established in the industrial zone. Construction, commerce, and agriculture (sugar cane and fruits) constitute other sources.

anasco bannerFlag: The flag derives its design, colors and symbolism from the municipal Coat of Arms. The only difference is that silver is painted white on the flag.

anasco_escCoat Of Arms: The green field of the shield contains a saber cross massed in black, outlined in silver, and has a gold scallop shell in each quadrant formed by the cross. A gold mural crown of three towers crests the shield. The shield itself is identical in its design and colors to the one from which it probably came; that is, that of Captain Luis de Añasco, companion of Captain Juan Ponce de León in his first trip of exploration and colonization of Puerto Rico. “When Juan Ponce de León came to discover Puerto Rico,” it is written in the “History of Puerto Rico”, by Fray Iñigo Abad y Lasierra, “he took in his company Captain Luis de Añasco.” The Cacique Agüebana asked Juan Ponce de León to gave him the name of the captain, which he used from there on.

In his book “The Colonization of Puerto Rico” Don Salvador Brau says that, “Luis de Añasco resisted, with the help of other captains, the Indian attack in Aguada (area of Añasco). Later he participated in the campaign against the insurrection of the natives and baptized the female Indian Chief “Cacica Luisa” of the area of Loíza, by which she received the spanish name Luisa”.
The shield of the town of Añasco is then, the same of the explorer Don Luis de Añasco, whose last name is perpetual in the population. One of the particular details, the four scallop shells, remember the last name of the founder of Añasco, Don José de Santiago, because these shells are also called “de Santiago”, in the Spanish tradition they represent Apostle Santiago el Mayor, Patron of Spain.

Public Schools sorted by educationl levels.
Updated: 08/07/2003
Mayagüez Region
Añasco District

Name Level Telephone Address
ANTONIO GONZÁLEZ SUÁREZ K-6 (787) 826-3625 PO Box 790, P.R. 00610-0000
CARMEN CASASUS MARTI K-6 (787) 826-5355 PO Box 1576, P.R. 00610-0000
ESPINO K-6 (787) 826-3380 (787) PO Box 1818, P.R. 00610-0000
MARIANA BRACETTI K-6 (787) 826-3040 PO Box 1407, P.R. 00610-0000
OVEJAS K-6 (787) 826-1330 PO Box 1407, P.R. 00610-0000
PARCELAS MARIA K-6 (787) 826-2266 PO Box 1731, P.R. 00610-0000
QUEBRADA LARGA K-6 (787) 826-5080 PO Box 1407, P.R. 00610-0000
ALCIDES FIGUEROA 7-9 (787) 826-2195 PO Box 1788, P.R. 00610-1407
ISABEL SUÁREZ 7-9 (787) 826-2575 PO Box 1874, P.R. 00610-0000
Nivel Secundario
SERGIO RAMÍREZ DE ARELLANO 7-10 (787) 826-2260 PO Box 1407, P.R. 00610-1407
SU PLAYA K-9 (787) 826-3284 RR 01 BOX 955, P.R. 00610-0000
High School
LUIS MUÑOZ MARÍN 10-12 (787) 826-1476 PO Box 1722, P.R. 00610-1407

Hymn: By David Cruz Colón (Kimby)

Añasco pueblo querido
siempre orgulloso de ti estaré
Añasco tierra del alma,
grandes riqueza de ti encontré.

Eres la cuna de nuestra historia,
nuestra cultura es parte de ti.
La puerta Hermosa que navegantes
primero vieron al llegar
aquí hermosos valles, aguas cristalinas,
el Rió Grande y el coquí.

La historia cuenta que aquí
ahogaron a Salcedo
y que en salto una India de noche se ve
que linda gente en Añasco
siempre encuentro orgulloso
de ti estaré.

Patron Festivities – January
Mayuco Festival – January
Festival de Bellas Artes – January
Teather Festival – May
Santa Rosa de Lima Festival – August
Chipe Festival – September
Cooperativa Marathon – October

Places To Visit:
Añasco Beach
Hacienda La Eugenia
Río Grande de Añasco
El Salto de la Encantada
San Antonio Abad Parish
Villa Pesquera

Distinguished Citizens:
José de Jesús Domínguez (1843-1898) – Poet
Leonardo Ponce de León (1865-1920) – Journalist
Víctor Arrillaga – Poet & actor


How to get to Añasco from San Juan.


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