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Ciales (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsjales]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.), located on the Central Mountain Range, northwest of Orocovis; south of Florida and Manatí; east of Utuado and Jayuya; and west of Morovis. Ciales is spread over eight wards and Ciales Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ciales, Puerto Rico
Town and Municipality
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Flag of Ciales, Puerto Rico
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Coat of arms of Ciales, Puerto Rico
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Nicknames: 
"La Ciudada de la Cojoba", "La Tierra del Café", "Pueblo de los Valerosos"
Anthem: "El cantar de tus ríos es mensaje"
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Location of Ciales in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889Coordinates: 18°20′10″N 66°28′08″W / 18.33611°N 66.46889°W / 18.33611; -66.46889
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
FoundedJune 24, 1820
Government
 • MayorLuis "Rolan" Maldonado (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist.3 - Arecibo
 • Representative dist.13
Area
 • Total66.48 sq mi (172.17 km2)
 • Land66 sq mi (172 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (.17 km2)
Population
(2010)
 • Total18,782
 • Density280/sq mi (110/km2)
Demonym(s)Cialeños
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code
00638

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HistoryEdit

Ciales was founded on June 24, 1820 by Isidro Rodríguez. When after the Treaty of Paris (1898), the U.S. conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, the population of Ciales was 18,155.[1]

GeographyEdit

Ciales[2] has a forest reserve called Toro Negro Forest Reserve and a number of rivers including: Río Cialitos, Río Grande de Manatí, Río Toro Negro, and Río Yunes.

There are 18 bridges in Ciales.[3]

BarriosEdit

Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Ciales is subdivided into barrios.[4][5][6][7]

Energy consortiumEdit

An Energy Consortium was signed in late February, 2019 by Villalba, Orocovis, Morovis, Ciales and Barranquitas municipalities. The consortium is the first of its kind for the island. It is intended to have municipalities work together to safeguard and create resilient, and efficient energy networks, with backups for their communities.[9]

TourismEdit

Landmarks and places of interestEdit

  • Hacienda Negrón
  • Las Archillas Cavern
  • Las Golondrinas Cavern
  • Parada Choferil
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Yuyú cueva
  • El chorro de Doña Juana
  • Chonchi's Pinchos

CultureEdit

Festivals and eventsEdit

  • Cantata Corretjer - March 19
  • Agua Dulce Festival - August
  • Frontón Festival - July
  • San Elías Festival - July
  • Matron Festivities - October

SportsEdit

Ciales is the home town of Juan "Pachín" Vicens - Puerto Rico's undisputed national basketball star, named Best Player in the World at the 1959 World Basketball Championship, Santiago de Chile (a.k.a., Juan "Pachín" Vicens, "Astro del Balón", "El Jeep"; younger brother of Puerto Rico's National Poet, Nimia Vicens, who also hailed from Ciales). Their middle brother, Enrique "Coco" Vicens, a former Puerto Rico Senator, was a track and field athlete in his own right.

EconomyEdit

AgricultureEdit

Agriculture; coffee & cattle

DemographicsEdit

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Puerto Rico are administered by a mayor, elected every four years. The current mayor of Ciales is Luis Rolan Maldonado, of the progressive new party (PNP). He was elected at the 2016 general elections.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district III, which is represented by two Senators. In 2008, José Emilio González Velázquez and Angel Martínez Santiago were elected as District Senators.[10]

SymbolsEdit

FlagEdit

The flag is divided into seven unequal stripes described in sequence: yellow, red, yellow, purple, yellow, red, and yellow.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms consists of a gold shield with a lion standing on its rear legs and silverplated nails grasping a silver coiled parchment between its front claws. The lion also shows a red tongue. Above the lion in the superior part of the shield are located three heraldic roses arranged horizontally with red petals and green leaves. A golden crown of three towers rests on the shield. The three towers are united by walls, simulating masonry blocks. The shield is surrounded by a crown of coffee tree branches with their berries, all in natural colors.

Notable people from CialesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joseph Prentiss Sanger; Henry Gannett; Walter Francis Willcox (1900). Informe sobre el censo de Puerto Rico, 1899, United States. War Dept. Porto Rico Census Office (in Spanish). Imprenta del gobierno. p. 161.
  2. ^ "Ciales Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  3. ^ "Ciales Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  4. ^ Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
  5. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  6. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  7. ^ "Map of Ciales at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "US Census Barrio-Pueblo definition". factfinder.com. US Census. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  9. ^ Vazquez, Priscilla. "Asociación de Industriales de Puerto Rico". Industriales Puerto Rico.
  10. ^ Elecciones Generales 2008: Escrutinio General Archived November 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR

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