Bristol in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Replica of the Spanish Garitas
Garitas, or guardhouses, that lined the forts
of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is dedicated to
the Puerto Rican people who have made
their homes in Bristol.
In March of 1509 a ship
carrying Juan Ponce de Leon arrived
in San Juan. With him was the West
African Juan Garrido. They landed
and were met by Agueybana chief
Taino. Briefly there was harmony.
The mixing of cultures that
form Puerto Rico had begun.
(Marker in Spanish, translation of previous marker)
Borinquen, Puerto Rico
En Marzo de 1509 llega a Puerto Rico Juan Ponce
de Leon de decendencia española acompañado por el
africano Juan Garrido. Al desembarcar fueron recibidos por
Agueybana el cacique supremo de los Tainos indígenas de
la Isla de Borinquen. Existió harmonia por pocos años,
así comenzó le mezcla de razas y culturas que
formó el Puerto Rico de hoy.
The indigenous people of
Puerto Rico were the Tainos.
They introduced corn, rubber
and pineapple to Europe.
The culture has disappearered
but Taino words and values
have been passed through
Location. 40° 5.613′ N, 74° 51.43′ Touch for map. Monument is located in Basin Park, near the confluence of Otter Creek and the Delaware River, about 400 feet SW of the intersection of Mill and Radcliffe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol PA 19007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriet Ross Tubman (a few steps from this marker); The Ring (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tidal Lock (within shouting distance of this marker); Canal Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus 500 Celebration (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marker 19T (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lock No. 2 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristol.
Regarding Replica of the Spanish Garitas. The Oldest Coat of Arms in the Americas also says in Spanish "Escudo Oficial de Puerto Rico" (The Official Coat of Arms of Puerto Rico). The coat of arms also has a latin inscription of "Johannes est nomen ejus", or "John is his name", referring to the original name of the island as St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista).
Also see . . .
1. History of Puerto Rico. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Bristol Borough. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Spanish Conquest of Puerto Rico. (Submitted on May 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,118 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on January 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 30, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.