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Canales House Museum
Jorge L. "Georgie" González Otero

Places of Interest

• Canales House Museum
• The Tres Picachos
• The Written Rock
• Monument to Chief Hayuya
• Tomb of the Puerto Rican Indian
• El Cemí Museum
• Hacienda Gripiñas Parador inn
• Jayuya Cultural Center
• .Monument to Nemesio R. Canales
• Music Plaza
• Nemesio R. Canales Plaza

Illustrious Citizens

Rosario Canales Quintero Founded the 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. of Jayuya in 1883. First mayor of Jayuya from 1911 to 1916. Father of Nemesio Canales, Mario Canales and Blanca Canales, among others.

Nemesio Canales Rivera Journalist, essayist, playwright, novelist, poet and legislator. As legislator for the Union Party, he presented the first bill to guarantee the legal rights of women in 1909. His literary contributions include his famous essays Paliques and the theatrical work El Héroe Galopante, among others.

Mario Canales Torresola Mayor of Jayuya, representative in the House from 1944 to 1962. President of the Agriculture Commission in the 1950s, the era when the tomatoes of Jayuya made history. Member of the Constituent Assembly of 1952.

Blanca Canales Torresola: Recognized social worker and revolutionary leader. Participated in the Nationalist Revolution on October 30, 1950, and proclaimed the formation of the Republic of Puerto Rico in Jayuya under the motto God and Fatherland.

Jesús Ríos Robles Folk music performer during the 1930s and 1940s.

Antonio Romero Muñiz (Toñín Romero) Known as "The Jíbaro of town and country." Singer and composer of boleros, Christmas songs and décimas. He is honored with a bust in the Music Plaza and at the Toñín Romero Festival, where troubadours sing his songs.

Roberto Rivera Negrón Actor and director of television series, adventures and comedies, and participant in poetry readings. Received numerous prizes for his work.

Carlos Orama Padilla Writer, poet and journalist. Wrote about popular personalities and the daily life of the past.


• National Indigenous Festival- November
• Three Kings Festival- January
• Jíbara Tomato Festival- February
• La Monserrate Marathon- September
• Virgen de La Monserrate Patron Saint Festival -September

Note: These articles have been edited and checked by academics and specialists in History. Discrepancies may exist among historians regarding some data.

Autor: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: November 20, 2009.

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