Aguada

(ah-GWAH-dah)

Aguada is located in the Costal Valley of the West region, just five minutes from Aguadilla and twenty minutes from Mayagüez. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, west of Rincón west of Aguadilla and Moca; and north to Añasco. The town is bathed by many rivers including Culebrinas, Cañas, Madre Vieja, Grande, Guayabo, Culebra, and Ingenio.

Aguada was founded in 1510 with the name of Villa de Sotomayor by Cristóbal de Sotomayor, and under orders from Juan Ponce de León. Since then, Aguada is known as La Villa de Sotomayor (Sotomayor's village).

The city is also known as La Ciudad Del Descubrimiento, as it is popularly held that Christopher Columbus landed in Aguada when he discovered Puerto Rico in November 1493. Aguadilla also makes this claim. While there is no specific historical proof, it is known that many of the first attempts to set up a town on the island were in Aguada.

Aguada became a stopover point for ships on their way to Spain from South America. On 1737, the King of Spain declared that all mail on route to Venezuela and other South America countries from Puerto Rico must exit from Aguada's ports, leading to the area's economic growth.

The Museo de Aguada is located in a former railroad station building. Visitors can browse through an interesting array of relics of early Puerto Rico settlers, including some from the Taíno indian precolonization times. 7 Nativo Alers Avenue. Open Mon-Fri 8am-noon. Reservations required; 787-868-6300.

There are many well-known "aguadeños", among them:

  • Juan B. Arrílloga Roqué, politician
  • Ismael Miranda, Salsa singer
  • Juan B. Soto, philosopher
Aguada is divided into 18 barrios, including the downtown area:
  • Asomante
  • Atalaya
  • Carrizal
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Cruces
  • Guanábano
  • Espinar
  • Guaniquilla
  • Guayabo
  • Jagüey
  • Laguna
  • Mal Paso
  • Mamey
  • Marías
  • Naranjo
  • Piedras Blancas
  • Pueblo
  • Río Grande

Symbols

Aguada's Flag

Flag
The flag of the Villa de San Francisco de Asis has three main colors: yellow, red, and white. The yellow field represents happiness and hospitality of the residents. Over the yellow field, there's a star which symbolizes the hope of the town for more development and progress. White represents purity and the waters of Culebrinas River. Over the white field, a blue triangle with a dove is featured. The dove is the symbol of peace that unites the towns. Red symbolizes the martyrdom of Franciscan friars from Espinal. Over the red field, there's a cross which represents the birth of Christianity in Puerto Rico. The name of "Aguada" is also above the cross.

Coat of Arms
The coat of arms was given to the city by the Royal Bill of Grace of January 14 1778, by King Charles III. With it, they recognized the unique identity of the "Villa" as part of the Island of San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico.

The coat of arms is divided into two main fields. The upper field features a cross, with the interlaced arms of Christ and Father Saint Francis. It is taken from the badge of the Order of Friars Minor. It represents the motto "Pax et Bonum" -- peace and good will between man and the Redeemer. The sun below the cross symbolizes the light that brightens the world. The lower part of the shield consists of five Columbine ships that symbolize the second voyage of Christopher Columbus, who arrived at the western "Guaniquilla" coast on November 19, 1493 to gather water. Although the precise location is disputed, the Aguada wells is a plausible site for the actual event. The mural crown in the upper part of the shield signifies the title "Muy Leal Villa" (very loyal village), that was given to this town by King Charles III, in the Royal Bill of Grace of January 14, 1778. The official colors of the shield are: red, which stands for the fraternal love that kindles all Aguada; gold, for the Spanish royalty in Puerto Rico; green, for the island's hope and fertility; black, for the wooden beam of the cross that redeemed the world; blue, for the sky and the kingship of the Creator; and white, for the Redeemer's purity and the purity of our people toward the cultural patrimony.

Anthem
The anthem of Aguada was written by Rolando Acevedo Lorenzo. The title is Muchos siglos han pasado...

Demographics
Population: 42,042 (2000)
Density: 1,401.4 per sq mi (539 per sq km) (2000)
Housing Units: 50,568 (2000)
Housing Density: 861.8 (2000)
Geography
Land Area: 45.55 sq mi (78 sq km)
Water Area: 14.62 sq mi
Coordinates: 18°22'46"N 67°11'18"W
ZIP Code: 00602
Driving Distance: 91.0 miles
Driving Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
Economics
Per Capita Income: $8,632 (2000)

Climate

Aguada annual precipitation is 89.88 inches, and its average temperature is 80.3°F. Summers are warm (84°-85°F) in the daytime and mild at night time (60°-63°F). Meanwhile winters are moderately warm with cool temperatures at night, temperatures are between in the 60 °F and 70 °F range. The highest recorded temperature was 99°F in 1924. The lowest recorded temperature was 47°F in 1959.

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival Playero de la Noche de San Juan - June
  • Festival de la Chopa - August
  • Festical del Juey - October
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Francisco de Asis - October
    Every year, Aguada celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Feria de Artesanias - November
  • Festival del Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico - November

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Did You Know?

In 1509, Juan Garrido, a conquistador in Juan Ponce de León's entourage, became the first African to set foot on the island.