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San German, Puerto Rico

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San Germán is a municipality located in the southwestern region of Puerto Rico (U.S.), south of Mayagüez and Maricao, north of Lajas, east of Hormigueros and Cabo Rojo, and west of Sabana Grande. San Germán is spread over eighteen wards and San Germán Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is both a principal city of the San Germán–Cabo Rojo Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Mayagüez–San Germán–Cabo Rojo Combined Statistical Area. San Germán is the second oldest city of Puerto Rico, after San Juan. The island of Puerto Rico was once split between the San Juan and the San Germán municipalities. The latter extended from a line from Arecibo in the north to Ponce in the south, westward to the sea.HistorySpanish settlement in the original city of San Germán occurred early in the conquest and colonization of Puerto Rico. After the destruction of a small early settlement near modern-day Añasco during a Taíno uprising which started in February 1511, the new settlement was built by Miguel Diaz at Guayanilla and named after Germaine of Foix, the new queen of King Fernando. This town was attacked by French corsairs in August 1528, May 1538 and 1554. The construction of a small fort began in 1540, but work stopped in 1546 when the population of the town began moving inland to the current modern location.
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  • We loved our brief stay in San German. The center of the town takes one back to the colonial era with all its charm and elegance. I don't know how it fared in Hurricane Maria, but we hope it was not s...  more »
  • Beautiful old and historic city. Second oldest city in Puerto Rico. Nice walk around to see beautiful architecture. Not many available restaurants. Nice and cheap water park close to town.  more »
  • There is not a lot happening in San German on a Sunday morning. However, we were lucky enough to be there when they were having a collector car show with live music, food and many other activities. It...  more »

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