Sabana Grande Municipality

General Information Susúa Forest Sabana Grande is known as the "Town of the Prodigies," the "Town of the Virgen del Rosario del Pozo," the "City of the Petate" and the "Town of the Petate Makers." The petate is a mat made from a type of palm (Thrinax morrisii) that grows in the area. The patron saint [...]

Sáez Torres, Antonia

Sáez Torres, Antonia Antonia Sáez Educator who was known, like many of the other members of the 1930s Generation, for defending the use of the Spanish language, the vernacular among Puerto Ricans, in education at a time in the history of the island when English was the medium of instruction. She dedicated much of her [...]

Salinas Municipality

General Information Aguirre Sugar mill Salinas is known as "The town of the Island Mojo" and its residents are called the Marlins. "Mojo" is a sauce that is used to marinate fried fish and is made from a base of tomato sauce, oil, garlic, bay leaves and onion. The patron saint of the municipality is the Virgin [...]

Salinas: Aguirre Central Mill Historical District

Salinas: Aguirre Central Mill Historical District Bungalow style house The Aguirre Central Sugar Mill, located in the municipality of Salinas, was one of the largest and most productive Puerto Rican sugar industry complexes. This mill, like the Guánica Central Sugar Mill, maintained a settlement of workers on its grounds. This community had its own schools, stores, hospital, [...]

Salinas: History of Aguirre Central Sugar Mill

Salinas: Brief history of Aguirre Central Sugar Mill Aguirre Central Sugar Mill The Aguirre Central Sugar Mill, located in the Aguirre sector of the municipality of Salinas, was one of the largest and most productive sugar complexes in the 20th century, as well as one of the most technologically advanced mills. Aguirre was practically autonomous, [...]

Salsa, a Trans-Caribbean Socio-Musical Phenomenon

Salsa as a Trans-Caribbean Socio-Musical Phenomenon Salsa dancing in the square Salsa was born in the northernmost Caribbean city: New York. Various traditional Afro-Caribbean styles converged in this new musical genre or form built on the foundation of Cuban son music. Thus arose the old argument by Cuban musicians that salsa was a new way of playing [...]

Sama, Manuel María

Sama, Manuel María Manuel M. Sama Romantic poet, journalist, essayist, playwright and bibliographer. Sama was born on May 22, 1850, in the municipality of Mayagüez, where he began his elementary school studies and later continued his learning through self-education. Manuel María Sama mainly wrote drama and poetry. In the latter genre, among his notable poems are "Vida y muerte" [...]

Samuel Kirkland Lothrop

Samuel Kirkland Lothrop Samuel K. Lothrop Archaeologist and ethnologist. Samuel Kirkland Lothrop is widely considered one of the most important researchers in the Americas for leading significant excavations in a wide range of archaeological settings in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean islands. He was born in Massachusetts in 1892. At an [...]

San Germán Municipality

General Information Santo Domingo town square The municipality of San Germán is known as the "City of the Hills," the "City of the Swallows," the "Founding City," the "Cradle of Puerto Rican Basketball" and the "Pilgrim City." The patron saint is San Germán de Auxerre and residents are called sangermeños. The territory of the municipality of San [...]