In Defense of San Juan
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 1700’s.
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 Municipality. Marker is on Bulevar del Valle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Juan PR 00901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What About Water? (here, next to this marker); Firepower (here, next to this marker); Three Flags
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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