to the town of
JAYUYA , Puerto Rico
People are know as
Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate
The town of JAYUYA in Puerto Rico was founded in 1883
Housing units : 5591
Estimated population as of 2006 is 18,194
The zipcode is 00664
|Area in square miles
|Density per square mile of land area
The Wards (Barrios) are:
Coabey, Collores, Jauca, Jayuya Abajo, Mameyes Arriba, Pica, Zamas, Río Grande, Saliente y Veguitas
Location of JAYUYA
in the Map of Puerto Rico
Jayuya is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the mountainous center region of the island, north of Ponce; east of Utuado; and west of Ciales. Jayuya is spread over 18 wards and Jayuya Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
It is named after the Taino Cacique Hayuya. Jayuya is known for its skilled wood carvers. Among its monuments are the Catholic church, the statue of Nemesio R. Canales and the bust of the Indian leader Jayuya, by the Puerto Rican sculptor Tomás Batista.
The town of Jayuya was founded in 1911, but history traces people living in the region as far back as 1878. At that time, a small community was established there, separated from the larger cities of the coasts with little to no communication. Near the end of the 19th Century, the town focused on the production of coffee, which greatly boosted the local economy. In 1911, the town was officially declared a municipality with a population of more than 9,000.
In 1950, the town was the setting of what was known as the Jayuya Uprising, where nationalists started a revolt against the Government of the United States led by Social Worker Blanca Canales Torresola and her cousins Elio and Doris Torresola.
The flag is rectangular in shape and derives its symbolism from the Coat of Arms.
 Coat of Arms
Above the shield a three tower crown, standard for municipalities. Inside the shield centered at the top a Taíno crown, that is a generic symbol representing Chief Hayuya's monarchy. In the center a green band with a white border representing the Tres Picachos (Three Peaks), the green color of the countryside and the town's matron, La Virgen de la Monserrate. At the bottom, Jayuya's Sun, Taíno hand carving found only in Jayuya.
Reference: Wikipedia.org / census.gov / mapquest.com