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Map 2: San Juan Island, Puerto Rico.
[Map 2] with link to higher quality map.
(Drawn by Albert Manucy)

The Spanish began developing defenses on San Juan Island, a beautiful barrier island on the north coast of Puerto Rico, in the 1530s. Only three and one-half miles long and one mile wide, the island lies where San Juan Harbor meets the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next 250 years, the Spanish built up its fortifications, and each location named on the map was at one point a defensive position.


Questions for Map 2

1. Where do you think the main fort should have been located in order to defend San Juan from an attack by sea? Why? What about an attack by land? Why?

2. What position seems the least effective in defending San Juan? Why?

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