Salinas, Puerto Rico Information

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Salinas

Municipio de Salinas
Town and Municipality
Skyline of Salinas
Flag of Salinas
Flag
Coat of arms of Salinas
Coat of arms
Nicknames: 
"El Pueblo del Mojo Isleño", "Cuna del Mojito Isleño", "Los Marlins"
Anthem: "Salinas"
Location of Salinas in Puerto Rico
Location of Salinas in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 17°58′39″N 66°17′53″W / 17.9774659°N 66.2979460°W / 17.9774659; -66.2979460
SALINAS PUERTO RICO Latitude and Longitude:

17°58′39″N 66°17′53″W / 17.9774659°N 66.2979460°W / 17.9774659; -66.2979460
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
FoundedJuly 22, 1851
Government
 •  Mayor Karilyn Bonilla Colón ( PPD)
 • Senatorial dist. 6 - Guayama
 • Representative dist.30 
Area
 • Total 69.7 sq mi (180.4 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total31,078
 • Density450/sq mi (170/km2)
 •  Racial groups
( 2000 Census) [1]
74.6% White
10.6% Black
0.4% American Indian/ AN
0.1% Asian
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ PI
9.8% Some other race
4.5% Two or more races
Demonym(s)Salinenses
Time zone UTC-4 ( AST)
Zip code
00751
Area code787
Major Routes PR primary 1.svg PR primary 3.svg CR 180 jct wide.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 52.svg PR primary 53.svg

Salinas (Spanish pronunciation:  [saˈlinas]) is a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the southern coast of the island, south of Aibonito and Cayey; southeast of Coamo, east of Santa Isabel; and west of Guayama. Salinas is spread over 5 wards and Salinas Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city).

It has long been a fishing spot for Puerto Ricans, known for its beaches, fish variety and the birthplace of the famous "mojito isleño".

Although Salinas doesn't have any commercial airports, there is a military training area there. Camp Santiago, which is Puerto Rico National Guard training center. Army National Guard, Air National Guard, State Guard, U.S. Army ROTC, U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army conduct military training at Camp Santiago.

Salinas is also home to Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera and to the former World Boxing Association Welterweight champion of the world, Angel Espada.

History

Salinas was founded in July 22, 1841 by Don Agustín Colón Pacheco as Mayor, Don Jose Maria Cadavedo as Sargent of Arms, Don Juan Colon as Captain of the Civil Guard and five hacendados which were Don Antonio Semidey, Don Antonio Morelli, Don Francisco Secola, Don Julio Delannoy and Don Jose Antonio Torres.

Geography

Salinas [2] is on the southern coast.

Barrios

Subdivisions of Salinas.

Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Salinas is subdivided into barrios. [3] [4] [5] [6]

  1. Aguirre
  2. Lapa
  3. Palmas
  4. Quebrada Yeguas
  5. Río Jueyes
  6. Salinas barrio-pueblo [7]

Economy

Agriculture

Salinas is one of the main agricultural producers on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. It has large banana and papaya farms in its Lapa and Aguirre barrios. The Río Jueyes barrio is one of the main producers of beef in the south, counting with La Hacienda Las Carolinas which supplies Ganaderia Santiago, a slaughter house, with meat. Salinas also is headquarters for Canto Alegre, a company which specializes in poultry. This company supplies most of Puerto Rico's supermarkets with fresh poultry.

Business

  • Apparel, commercial fishing.

Industry

The Aguirre Sugar Cane Mill was the last operational sugar cane mill in Puerto Rico, and closed its doors in 1993. The Central Aguirre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic places but there are no current plans to renovate the area, and is now mostly in ruins. [8] Some other industries in Salinas include electrical and electronic machinery, plastics, sunglasses.

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

View of "El Cayo Matias" in Salinas

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Abey Carnival - February
    • Abey - Cacique (Chief) of yucayeque-(village) in the area of Abeyno Salinas, Puerto Rico.
  • Pescao Festival - June
  • Matron Celebration - September
  • Festival Del Mojo Isleño

Demographics

Demographic distribution
Race - Salinas, Puerto Rico - 2000 Census [9]
Race Population % of Total
White 4,645 74.6%
Black/ African American 647 10.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 29 0.4%
Asian 8 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Some other race 599 9.8%
Two or more races 211 4.5%

Government

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. Karilyn Bonilla Colón (of the Popular Democratic Party) was elected as mayor at the 2012 general election, succeeding Carlos Rodríguez Mateo.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VI, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Miguel Pereira Castillo and Angel M. Rodríguez were elected as District Senators. [10]

Transportation

There are 41 bridges in Salinas. [11]

Symbols

Flag

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 green represents the land and the triangles hills of salt from which the name of the town is derived.

Coat of arms

The shield uses the traditional colors of the town; 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.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Demographics/Ethnic U.S 2000 census" (PDF). Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Salinas Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  3. ^ Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
  4. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN  978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  5. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  6. ^ "Map of Salinas at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  7. ^ "US Census Barrio-Pueblo definition". factfinder.com. US Census. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The Ruins of Central Aguirre". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Ethnicity 2000 census" (PDF). Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  10. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
  11. ^ "Salinas Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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