San Cristóbal fort

San Cristóbal fort: Built in 1634 its principal mission was defending the side land of the city. In 1983 was recognized by the UNESCO as World Heritage Site. (Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades)

In our efforts to become more effective and help the public understand and appreciate our mission to continue the preservation of the San Juan National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Park Service is proud to present the publication of the Catalogue San Juan, a City that Grew Beyond its Walls, as a supplement to the Exhibition of the same name.

The Catalogue includes a description of documents, photographs, and maps, that will jointly serve the purpose of interpreting the history of the site’s historic walls, and the adjoining neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra, presenting its historic, military, economic, social, architectural, and cultural dimensions, highlighting Fort San Cristobal as a historic icon in the urban development of this portion of the Islet, from the second half of the 19th century until the early 1920s.

We would like to thank the people who have been indispensable in the preparation and publication of this Catalogue. Without their contributions it would not have been possible to disseminate this information on the documentary material of incalculable value to researches in Spain and in Puerto Rico: Dr. Luis E. González-Vales, Official Historian of Puerto Rico; Milagros Flores-Román, Historian and Coordinator of the Catalogue; Dr. Aníbal Sepúlveda, Dr. Silvia álvarez-Curbelo, Dr. Arturo Bird-Carmona, University of Puerto Rico, Department of History; Dr. Mayra Rosario, Prof. Lolita Luque de Sánchez, Dra. Margari¬ta Flores, Prof. José Arrigoitia-Cruz, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Chancellor Marimar Benítez; Joeanally González; Color Images, Sra. Wanda de León.

Walter J. Chaves
Superintendent
San Juan National Historic Site

Author: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: April 18, 2008.

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