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Canóvana`s mayors since the oficial foundation of the municipality:
1970 Sergio Calzada
1986 Esteban "Tebo"Meléndez
1993 José Ramón "Chemo" Soto

Hon. José R. (Chemo) Soto Rivera

Places of Interest

• Old ceiba tree – This silk cotton tree, Ceiba pentandra, is more than 300 years old.
• Old dairy farm
Towntown, founding: A group of vecinos that wanted to found a town had to grant a power of attorney to one or more other vecinos to represent them before the governor and viceroy. This person could authorize the founding of the town and the establishment of a parish. The grantors of the power of attorney had to be a majority in the given territory and more than ten in number. Once the case had been made, the governor appointed a capitán poblador or settlement official to represent the vecinos and one or more delegates, who usually lived in nearby cabildos vecinos to receive the necessary documentation. Proof was required that the settlement was so far from a church that it was very difficult for the settlers to partake of sacraments and municipal services. In general, proof was provided of the absence or bad condition of roads and bridges. If the petition was approved, it was required that the vecinos mark off the new municipality and build public works such as a church, a parish house, a government house (Casa del Rey), a slaughterhouse, and a cemetery, and to set aside land for the town square or plaza and the commons (ejidos). The vecinos were expected to cover the cost of building these works by levying special assessments. Usually one of the land owners donated some land for the founding. Once the requirements had been met, the governor authorized the founding of the town and the parish, and he appointed a Lieutenant at War who usually was the same capitán poblador. Hall
Jesús T. Piñero Residence and Museum – home of the first Puerto Rican governorgovernor: in the Spanish colonies, the governor was the figure immediately beneath the viceroy in political and legal affairs. Like the alcaldes mayores, the governors could not be vecinos, encomenderos or owners of land or mines in the jurisdiction. When the title was added to that of Captain General, the position also implied the highest military authority. Governorships were applied to sparsely populated colonies or frontier zones. Puerto Rico was a frontier zone. or the island.
• Camarero Racetrack
• Our Lady of the Pillar Church
• Villarán Park– passive recreation park
• Plaza del Canovanense – the town square honoring the Taino Indians.
• Juan Francisco Arroyo Square
• Spanish bridge – one of the oldest bridges in Puerto Rico
• Ruins of the Canóvanas sugar mill
• Palma Sola panoramic lookout point

Illustrious Citizens

Rafael José Albandoz – House Representative (1957).

Juan Calzada González - first attorney for the municipality.

Milagros Carrillo- "La Jibarita de Canóvanas" – singer of décimas criollas, and television actress.

Julio Jiménez – House Representative (1929 – 1936).

Benjamín Morales – actor

Francisco F. Mundo – physician

Gloria María Pagán – poet

Rey Francisco Quiñones – radio announcer and actor

Enrique Sánchez Cappa – sports reporter

Luis Sánchez Cappa – journalist, named journalist of the year in 1976.

José L. Vázquez Calzada – demographer and college professor; former Secretary of Health.


• Three Kings Day Festival – January
• Corn Festival – April. A cultural fair that includes dancing, music, traditional food stands and exhibitions on the agricultural traditions of the town.
• Traditional Festival - October
• Christmas in the Country – December
• Caribbean Derby - December

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Municipio Autónomo de Canóvanas
Canóvanas history
Areciboweb: sobre los municipios
Isla del Encanto
Municipio de Canóvanas
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