Peñón de Ponce

Peñón de Ponce is a boulder[4] in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico, located in the western coastal section of the municipality, in Sector Punta Cucharas, Barrio Canas, immediately north of Puerto Rico Highway 2 (PR-2), kilometer 220.1. The Peñón de Ponce promontory separates the Port of Tallaboa from the plains that give access to the municipality of Ponce.[5]

Peñón de Ponce
Peñón de Ponce
Location in Puerto Rico
Highest point
Elevation335 ft (102 m)[1]
Prominence335 ft (102 m)[2]
Coordinates17°58′47.4594″N 66°41′54.4806″W[3]
Geography
LocationPonce, Puerto Rico
Climbing
Easiest routePR-2, km 220.1, Sector Las Cucharas, Barrio Canas, Ponce, Puerto Rico

History

The hill has been on record at least since 1788 when Íñigo Abbad used it to describe the distance (2 leguas, or 2 hours walking distance) to the village of Ponce relative to this landmark feature.[6]

Location and geology

The hill is located at coordinates 17° 58' 47.5", -66° 41' 54.5", in an area known to Ponce Cement for its limestone value.[7] There is a correctional center and a Holiday Inn Hotel on neighboring hills.

In the fine arts

In 1855, poet Federico Matos, father of Felix Matos Bernier and Rafael Matos Bernier, composed the following short poem in Spanish about this hill.[8] The poem, titled "En el Peñón de Ponce", appeared on the 22 May 1858 issue of El Fénix newspaper in Ponce, and was dedicated to Matos's friend Martin Travieso.[9]

En el Peñón de Ponce

"Meditación,
El fastidio y el dolor.
Al bello sexo,
Las Crinolinas.
A Cartagena,
El Peñón de Ponce."
"Reflection,
Nuisance and pain.
To the beautiful sex,
The Crinolines.
To Cartagena,
The Peñón de Ponce."

See also

  • Francisco Lluch Mora. Orígenes y Fundación de Ponce. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. Second Edition. 2006. p. 127. ISBN 1563281724

References

  1. "Feature Detail Report for: Peñon de Ponce". U.S Geological Survey. 13 February 1981. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. "Feature Detail Report for: Peñon de Ponce". U.S Geological Survey. 13 February 1981. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. "Peñon de Ponce". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. Francisco Lluch Mora. Orígenes y Fundación de Ponce. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. Second Edition. 2006. p. 65. ISBN 1563281724
  5. Francisco Lluch Mora. Orígenes y Fundación de Ponce. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Plaza Mayor. Second Edition. 2006. p. 65. ISBN 1563281724
  6. Ramon Marín. Las Fiestas Populares de Ponce. Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 1994. p. 179.
  7. Rafael Picó. Nueva Geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica y social. 1975.
  8. Emilio J. Pasarell. Esculcando el Siglo XIX en Puerto Rico. Barcelona: Manuel Pareja Press. 1967. pp. 27-28.
  9. Socorro Guirón. Ponce, el teatro La Perla y La Campana de la Almudaina. Historia de Ponce desde sus comienzos hasta la segunda década del siglo XIX. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Gobierno Municipal de Ponce. 1992. page 91.

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