Fun Facts About San Juan, PR
Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493, during his second voyage to the new world. During his two-day stay, Columbus renamed the island San Juan Bautista (for St. John the Baptist) and claimed it for Spain. He never returned.
San Juan’s original name was Puerto Rico, but the name was switched to San Juan, which was the original name of the entire island of Puerto Rico in the 1500s.
After the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, along with Guam and Cuba to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States for $20,000,000 under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, signed in December 1898.
On March 2, 1917, the United States granted Puerto Ricans U.S. statutory citizenship.
The Puerta de San Juan (San Juan Gate), built in the late 1700s, is one of six heavy doors in the wall which for centuries were closed at sundown to cut off access to the city and protect the city from invaders. The wall is up to 20 feet thick and up to 40 feet tall.
Area Codes: 787
Zip Codes: 00901, 00902, 00906, 00907, 00908, 00909, 00910, 00911, 00912, 00913, 00914, 00915, 00916, 00917, 00918, 00919, 00920, 00921, 00922, 00923, 00924, 00925, 00926, 00927, 00928, 00929, 00930, 00931, 00933, 00934, 00935, 00936, 00937, 00939, 00940, 00955, 00966, 00968, 00969, 00975, 00986
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