Location of CANOVANAS
in the Map of Puerto Rico
Canóvanas (kah-NO-vah-nahs) is a Municipio in Puerto Rico, located in the northeastern region, north of Juncos and Las Piedras; south of Loíza; east of Carolina; and west of Río Grande. Canóvanas is spread over 7 wards and Canóvanas Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
Canóvanas along with San Juan,Bayamón, Carolina, Guaynabo, Cataño, Toa Baja,Trujillo Alto,Caguas,Toa Alta one of the cities that comprises the so called Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico.
Large numbers of African slaves lived in the Canóvanas area. Because of this, a considerable large number of Canóvanas' population is black.
In 1983, an infamous criminal act occurred in Canóvanas when police tried to intervene in a dispute between a landowner and a group of homeless people that built their wooden houses in Villa sin Miedo. The dispute occurred because of disagreements and breaking of verbal contract between the parts. During the dispute, one policeman was shot on his lung and died shortly after, many other officers and residents were injured in a case that received wide media attention in Puerto Rico.
Juan R. Calderón founded Canóvanas in 1909. Canóvanas derives its name from a local Indian chief Canobaná (Canovanax).
 Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms today contains the following symbolisms: The colors gold and violet taken from the banner of the "Hijos y Amigos Ausentes de Canóvanas" (Absent Children and Friends of Canóvanas), The crown (castle) symbolizing municipality, the broken chain symbolizing the discontinuation of Canóvanas as a district of Loíza. The crown in the center symbolizing and recalling the supreme hierarchy of the Cacique Canobaná, The laurels indicating the 23 consecutive wins (one leaf for each win) of the "Loíza Indians" basketball team, establishing a record in Puerto Rico. The basket in the middle of the leaves represents the team and its accomplishments. The rising sun and its 16 rays of light indicating the sprouting of a new municipality in Puerto Rico and the number of the incumbent mayors, respectively, before Canóvanas was separated from Loíza. The inscription in the banner recalls: the name of the Cacique and the dates of the installation of the municipal seat of Loíza in Canóvanas, November 30, 1909; and its creation August 15, 1970.
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