Inscription. At this site you can sample a few of San Juanís historic fortifications. Features seen here date from the 1760ís through the 1960ís, the latter part of San Juanís military history.
By Don Morfe, April 21, 2012
|1. In Defense of San Juan Marker|
The concrete blocks scattered on the lawn were left by the U.S. Army, which was here from 1898 through 1960. In fact, the grass-roofed building you are standing on---now housing the park visitor facilities and offices—was built in 1942 as a World War II command post. The other features seen here were all built by Spain, mostly in the late 1700ís.
Although fortifications in San Juan cover such a great time span (1521 through 1960), they were all built for the same reason-to defend San Juan and its precious harbor.
Location. 18° 28.044′ N, 66° 6.672′ W. Marker is in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in San Juan County. Marker is on Bulevar del Valle. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan PR 00901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Historic Site (here, next to this marker); The Heart of San Cristobal (here, next to this marker); Three Flags (here, next to this marker); Firepower (here, next to this marker); What About Water? (here, next to this marker); Defending San Juan (approx. 0.7 miles away); A Defense of the 1st Order (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Main Plaza (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Juan.