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Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

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Nickname(s): Tierra de Campeones", "La Ciudad de los Potros
Location within the island of Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded October 5, 1842
Government
 - Mayor Enrique 'Quique' Questell Alvarado (PNP)
 - Senatorial dist. 6 - Guayama
 - Representative dist. 30 
Population (2000)
 - Gentilic Santaisabelinos
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Anthem – "En un pedazo del sur estás presente"

Santa Isabel (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsanta isaˈβel]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the southern coast, south of Coamo; east of Juana Díaz; and west of Salinas. Santa Isabel is spread over 7 wards and Santa Isabel Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is the principal city of the Santa Isabel Micropolitan Statistical Area and is part of the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area.

Santa Isabel is known as "La Ciudad de los Potros" ("The City of the Colts").

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History

Santa Isabel was founded on October 5, 1842 by Antonio Vélez.

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Flag

The flag is divided horizontally in three stripes of same the width: white the superior one, yellow the central one and red the inferior one, may be ornamented with sugar cane stems or without them.

Alternate flag of Santa Isabel with sugar cane stem ornamentation

Coat of Arms

The crowned I stands for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary (Isabel in Spanish). The shells are a symbol for St. James the patron saint of the town, as well as for the many shells found near the town.

Demographics

Barrios (Districts/Wards)[1]

  • Boca Velázquez
  • Descalabrado
  • Felicia
  • Uceras
  • Canta Sapo
  • Jauca I
  • Playa
  • Santa Isabel Pueblo
  • Ollas
  • Paso Seco
  • Peñuelas
  • Playita Cortada

Geo/Topography

Economy

Agriculture

The surrounding areas produces fruits and vegetables.

Industry

clothing, electrical and electronic machinery, metal products and nutritional products.

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Aguirre Forest
  • El Malecón (boardwalk)
  • Indian Museum
  • Jauca Beach
  • Hacienda Alomar Ruins

Festivals and events

  • Mango Festival - May
  • Crab Carnival - June
  • Patron Celebrations - July
  • Cemí Carnival - October
  • Turkey Festival - November

Notable "Santaisabelinos"

  • Carmelo Colon Rivera
  • César Miranda Rodríguez
  • Benito Santiago - Baseball player; won unanimously the 1986 the National League's Rookie of the Year Award (San Diego Padres).
  • Elvira Colón
  • Carlos Muñoz
  • Melwin Cedeño - actor, comedian, merengue musician, and singer.
  • Carlos Colón, Sr. - professional wrestler known as "El Acróbata de Puerto Rico".
  • Mario Ortiz - accomplished trumpet player, arranger and band leader of the 60's.
  • Elvis Torres Serrant - Musical Director Limite 21 - released their first album in 1990 breaking new grounds in the genre of merengue.
  • Luigi Texidor - singer - La Sonora Poncena, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican All Stars and Fania All Stars.
  • Adolfo J. Richardson Diaz "DasiksthMan" - Hiphop Producer. Productor del clásico "Canvas" albúm de Hiphop boricua lanzado el 10/27/2009.
  • José Luis Cedeño, Miembro de la Junta de Directores de la Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico.
  • Pedro María Descartes - legislator, mayor and leader of the autonomist movement.
  • Melvin Rivera Velázquez - journalist, historian and head of the United Bible Societies for the Americas. Editor of the Santa Isabel History Blog www.santaisabelpr.com

References

External links

¡Historia viva de Santa Isabel! http://www.santaisabelpr.com

Coordinates: 17°57′58″N 66°24′18″W / 17.96611°N 66.405°W / 17.96611; -66.405


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