|At “Porta del Sol” we find MAYAGÜEZ, the official host city of the Games, where everyone is getting ready to welcome all participating countries with its typical warm ocean breeze. Since 2002, Mayagüez- also known as “La Sultana del Oeste” (The Sultaness of the West) has been preparing for the celebration of the 2010 edition to completely fulfill its obligations as host of this historic event.||
Mayagüez OriginsThe city of Mayagüez was founded in 1760. The name Mayagüez means “place of the waters”. Its founding father was Mr. Faustino Matos.
After the city was founded, its main economic resource was agriculture. Imports and exports added to the growth of the city. The first construction project was the Customs building in 1839, and in 1848 the Infantry Quarters were built, where the Federal Post Office is now located.
By 1870 the first transportation and communications infrastructure was developed; the first telegraph from Mayagüez to Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, was inaugurated; and in 1872 the first urban railroad system was established. In 1896, the Christopher Columbus Statue was erected in the main square of Mayagüez and by that same time the first electric street lighting system was put into operation.
The city of Mayagüez was founded in 1760. The name Mayagüez means “place of the waters”. Its founding father was Mr. Faustino Matos.
Profile of Mayagüez
Localizado en la costa oeste de la Isla. Colindancias: al norte con Añasco, al sur con Cabo Rojo, Hormigueros y San Germán, al oeste con el canal de La Mona, al este con Las Marías y Maricao.
Surface: 197.6 km2
Population (est. 2000): 98,434
Density by km2: 498.1 persons
Typography: Mayagüez is part of the west coast valleys, so its land is mostly a plane. Its most elevated points are among the Uruyoán mountains at the northeast and east side of the municipality.
Añasco, Guanajibo and Yagüez rivers run through this city.
more InformationThe City Hall of Mayagüez was constructed in 1845 at a cost of $25,000.
The town cementary had 21 family vaults, three mausoleums and 421 niches.
The famous Mayagüez Casino was founded in 1874.
Demonym – Mayagüezanos