This group of lessons focuses on the history of the fortifications of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and its importance in protecting the colonial interests of the Spanish empire in the Americas. They have been developed by staff from the Cultural Resources Management Division of San Juan National Historic Site and a group of teachers from the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that participated in the program “Teaching American History Grant: Weaving the Fabric of American History.”
This lessons are the result of a partnership between the College of William and Mary in Virginia, the different school districts and agencies, and the National Park Service. The participating schools and parks are: Norfolk City Public Schools, First Landing State Park, Westmoreland County Public Schools, the George Washington Birthplace National Monument and the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, all in Virginia. Also taking part in the project are the Bibb County Public Schools, Ocmulgee National Monument (Georgia), Saugus Public Schools, Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site (Massachusetts), San Juan National Historic Site and the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.
These lessons can be used as a unit corresponding to the colonial era, comprising the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. They provide valuable information for the student, placing him/her in a proper context relating to the period of the Spanish colonization of Puerto Rico. Finally, it is important to note that these lessons are based in the standards of excellence of the Social Studies Program of the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.
The creation of these lessons would not have been possible without the work and dedication of the staff from the Cultural Resources Management Division of San Juan National Historic Site, National Park Service and the teachers of the Program of Social Studies-Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.