Noche de Cultura

¡Qúe vive la Bomba!Tomorrow night in the Plaza San José in Old San Juan the Municipality of San Juan will host a Noche de Cultura Para San Juan: Noche de Bomba y Folclor. The event celebrates the Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico.

Did you know that the bronze statue of Ponce de León, that stands in the middle of Plaza San José, is made from British cannons captured during Sir Ralph Abercromby's attack 1797. If you're not familiar with that little piece of Puerto Rico history, then checkout the great description available on the National Park Service web site.

About the Abolotion of Slavery in Puerto Rico

Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including José Julián Acosta, Francisco Mariano Quiñones, Julio L. de Vizcarrondo, Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, waged a long struggle to end slavery on the island. On March 22, 1873, the Spanish National Assembly finally abolished slavery in Puerto Rico. The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas per slave, and slaves were required to continue working for three more years.

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