Commemoration of the 1797 Defense of San Juan
In 1797, a formidable British military force with more than ten thousand troops launched its third and final attack on Puerto Rico. British forces, led by Sir Ralph Abercrombie, again tried to take control of one of the most strategic locations in the New World, Puerto Rico. A powerful military outpost, key to the Spanish Empire and doorway to the riches of the Americas, Puerto Rico had been long coveted by nations for its strategic location. Against odds, the attackers were repelled by a determine force of defenders. Spanish soldiers, members of the Puerto Rican Fixed Regiment, Puerto Rican Disciplined Militias and citizens valiantly defended San Juan with the impregnable fortifications behind them. From April 27th to 28th, 2013 the 1797 defense of San Juan will be commemorate with military drills firing demonstration and educational programs. Living history volunteers dressed in period costumes are expected to help bring the past to life for park visitors. All activities are open to the public. Interpretative programs will be offered to the public at Castillo San Felipe del Morro on Saturday April 27th and Castillo San Cristobal and El Morro on Sunday April 28th.
(2013) 1797 April Agenda tentative
Did You Know?
The only succesfull attack against the San Juan NHS fortifications was in 1598. Sir George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland led the British attack and occupied the island for 33 days.