Salinas, Puerto Rico

Salinas, Puerto Rico

Town of the Islander Dip

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Casa Grande Central Aguirre

Foundation: Salinas (sah-LEE-nahs) was founded in 1851. The name is dereived from its great and abundant knolls of salt in its coasts. In 1842 the settlers of the area united to obtain authorization to found the town and to distribute the expenses neede to construct the necessary municipal works. On July 15, 1847 a Royal Order dictated that Salinas be segregated from Coamo and be added to Guayama. The settlers continued their efforts and the town was founded on July 22, 1851, and was composed of the following wards: Ausubos or Lapa, Collado, Palmas, Quebrada Yeguas, Quebrada Honda, Río Jueyes and Salinas Town.

On March 1, 1902 the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico approved the Law for the Consolidation of Certain Municipal Terms by which it eliminated the municipality of Salinas and added it to Guayama as a ward. This situation remained until 1905, when a new law of the Legislative Assembly revoked the previous one and gave back to Salinas its character of municipality, with all the wards it had in 1902. In 1948 the Aguirre ward was divided in Central Aguirre (Village), Coquí, San Felipe and Aguirre, increasing the metropolitan area.

For decades Salinas has been known as the “Town of the Islander Dip”. This flavorful sauce (mojo) is used as a dip for the fried fish that is consumed in the area. The reddish mixture has as main ingredients tomato sauce, oil, garlic, laurel and abundant onion. It is said that Salinas is where this delicious sauce was created. There is a version that says it was a native of the Canary Islands, nicknamed “El Isleño” (The Islander) who arrived at the Salinas beach and taught the playeros (beachcombers) how to prepare the sauce. But the most accepted version is the one about doña Euladia Correa, born in 1898 in the Playa ward, that with her most particular demanding formula attracted the palate of everybody to her humble native hut, and later on to her well-known restaurant, where the whole Island of Puerto Rico had the opportunity to taste the exquisite delicacy. This exquisite delicacy was the cause for Salinas to be baptized as the “Town of the Islander Dip”. The Department of Agriculture and Commerce granted a medal to doña Euladia Correa for her contribution to the promotion of the economy of the country.

mapa salinasLocation: Salinas is located in the southern coast of the Island. It is bordered by: Coamo, Aibonito and Cayey to the north; the Caribbean Sea to the south; Coamo and Santa Isabel to the west; and Guayama to the east.
Area: 180.4 sq km / 69.4 sq mi
Population: 31,113 (census 2000)
Population Density: 172.4 per sq km / 448.3 per sq mi
People are known as: Salinences
Salinas is also known as:
El Pueblo del Mojo Isleño (Town of the Islander Dip)
Los Marlins (The Marlins)

Wards: Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Salinas
Aguirre 12,128
Lapa 9,697
Palmas 434
Quebrada Yeguas 1,596
Río Jueyes 4,027
Salinas Town 3,231
Total 31,113

Source: Censo 2000

Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate
Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate Parish
Box 1172
Salinas, P.R. 00751
(787) 824-2215
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Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate Parish

Topography: It belongs to the region of the Southern Coastal Plain. To the north it has elevations that belong to the Cayey Sierra, which many consider it as a prolongation of the Central Mountain Range.
Hydrography: It is bathed by the Salina (Nigua), Jueyes, Lapa and Jájome rivers. The Pasto Viejo, Callao, La Palma y Majada gorges and the Punta Arctias and Mar Negro lagoons.
Economy: One of its industries is the Aguirre Sugar Cane Mill, which is one of the few that is still in operation in Puerto Rico; the sugar cane has been, fundamental in its economic development. Other industries are those that elaborate metal and plastic products, electrical and electronic machinery, apparell, fruit juice and sunglasses. Fruit, cattle and commercial fishing are sources of income in addition to sugar cane.
Average Salary: $312.13 weekly (1998)

salinas banderaFlag: On a green rectangular field, five white isosceles triangles equal in size, placed in the center of the flag and forming a row that covers the extent of the background. The triangles constitute a geometric vision of the salt knolls that appear in the shield.

salinas escudoCoat Of Arms: For the shield the the traditional colors of the town were chosen; green and silver.

  • The salt knolls indicate in graphical form the name of the town: Salinas.
  • The fish refer to the fishing.
  • The sugar cane leaves that surround the shield, symbolize the sugar cane plantations.

The shield is a symbolic way of indicating the occupations and industries, including salt extraction and fishing, that have been main factors in the origin and development of the population.

  • The three tower crown is a symbol granted to all the towns founded during the Spanish domination.

Let it be understood that the four tower crowns in the shields of the towns are reserved for the title of Villa and the five tower ones for the title of City, both conferred by royal decree.

Salinas public schools.

Name Level Telephone Address
COQUÍ Elementary (787) 853-2636 PO Box 157
FRANCISCO MARIANO QUIÑONES Elementary (787) 824-4260 PO Box 184
GUILLERMO GODREAU MANATAU Elementary (787) 824-2610 PO Box 802
GUILLERMO GONZÁLEZ (PLAYITA) Elementary (787) 824-4748 PO Box 184
JOSÉ PADÍN Elementary (787) 824-7955 PO Box 1156
LAS MAREAS Elementary (787) 864-4727 PO Box 2034
LAS OCHENTAS Elementary (787) 824-4717 PO Box 184
PARCELAS COCO Elementary (787) 824-4265 PO Box 6001 Suite 057
PARCELAS VÁZQUEZ Elementary (787) 824-5568 PO Box 501
ROMÁN BALDORIOTY DE CASTRO Elementary (787) 824-2700 PO Box 1156
SAN FELIPE Elementary (787) 853-2125 PO Box 2034
SANTIAGO R. PALMER Elementary (787) 824-2350 PO Box 1156
VICTORIA SANTIAGO Elementary (787) 824-6161 PO Box 501
WOODROW WILSON Elementary (787) 853-2790 Calle Principal Carr. 705
COQUÍ (INTERMEDIA) Intermediate (787) 853-4800 PO Box 2
INTERMEDIA URBANA SALINAS Intermediate (787) 824-3306 PO Box 1156
SABANA LLANA INTERMEDIA Intermediate (787) 824-0896 PO Box 1156
ALBERGUE OLÍMPICO Secondary (787) 824-1534 PO Box 2004
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA High School (787) 824-2470 PO Box 903
STELLA MÁRQUEZ High School (787) 824-3357 PO Box 1156

Hymn: By Antonio Ferrer Atilano

Salinas, Salinas
el pueblo donde yo nací
sus campos sus montes
son siempre verdes para mí

Salinas, Salinas
yo no te puedo olvidar
tus bellos palmares
te saludan con una canción

Abey Carnival – February
Pescao Festival – June
Matron Celebration – September

Places To Visit:
Albergue Olímpico (Olympic Hostel)
Aguirre Forest
Antigua Central Aguirre (Sugar Cane Mill)
Camp Santiago
Sports Museum

Distinguished Citizens:
Jesús María Amadeo – Doctor, novelist and drama author.
José Chepo Caraballo – Labor Leader
Rafael Esparra – New York Fire Department Commissioner.

How to get to Salinas from San Juan.

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