"San Juan - "La Ciudad Amurallada"" San Juan by pecaspeca

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San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico. It was founded by the Spanish colonists in 1521. Nowadays, San Juan is the center of Caribbean shipping and is the second largest sea port in the area (after New York City). The Old San Juan has narrow cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and numerous plazas and churches.

San Juan was used as a stop over for Spanish ships, making it an important port. This made the city target of different foreign attacks. A massive wall and fortifications were built around the city to protect the transportation of gold and silver from the New World to Europe from the enemy.

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, United States troops bombed and occupied the city. That year the Spanish rule ended and the island became a territory of the United States.

San Juan es la capital de Puerto Rico. Fue fundada por los colonos espñoles en el 1521. Hoy en día, San Juan es el segundo puerto marino más grande del área (después del de NY). El Viejo San Juan se caracteriza por sus estrechas calles de adoquines, coloridos edificios, plazas e iglesias.
La ciudad sirvió como escala para los barcos españoles, convirtiéndose en un puerto importante por lo cual se convirtió en punto de diversos ataques extranjeros. Una pared masiva y diversas fortificaciones fueron construídas alrededor de la ciudad para proteger el transporte de oro y plata desde el Nuevo Mundo a Europa.
En 1898, durante la Guerra Hispano-Americana, tropas estadounidenses bombardiaron y ocuparon la ciudad. Ese mismo año la isla pasó a ser territorio de los Estados Unidos.

La Casita is the Tourist Information Center. It is located overlooking San Juan Bay, near Pier 1.

La Casita es el Centro de Información Turística. Está al frente de la Bahía de San Juan, cerca del Puerto número 1

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  • Erika74's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    We visited NewYoRican- and loved the music. We felt too intimidated to dance so we just watched all the wonderful dancers- viva la Salsa

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    Oct 15, 2006 at 4:27 AM

    Interesting page with great photos. Greetings from Poland.

  • jghpmontt's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2006 at 11:59 AM

    Muy lindas tus fotos...saludos

  • perseushermes's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2006 at 4:20 PM

    Great photos and great translation. You got my ratings!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2006 at 3:53 PM

    great photos and info about san juan. thanks for sharing :O)

  • LIORSHABAT's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2006 at 4:09 PM

    algun dya yo voy puerto rico . este pais moy linda

  • Mailo's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 4:24 PM

    Mipadre siempre cantaba esa cancion y... nunca pudo regresar a San Juan... tal como lo dice la cancion... por eso quiero conocer y disfrutar tu ciudad. Mailo

  • Mar 11, 2005 at 6:24 AM

    Many many happy returns of the day and great time with your near ones. Have a nice birthday. Greetings from India.Great phtographs.

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