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Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

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Country  Puerto Rico
Founded  1751

Population  75,105 (2011)
Area  71.08 km2
Toa Alta, Puerto Rico in the past, History of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Unemployment rate  7.7% (Feb 2015)
Mayor  Hon. Clemente "Chito" Agosto (PPD)

Map of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Toa Alta ([ˈtoa ˈalta]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the northern coast of the island, north of Naranjito; south of Dorado and Toa Baja; east of Vega Alta and Corozal; and west of Bayamón. Toa Alta is spread over eight wards and Toa Alta Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Toa Alta located west of the capital city of San Juan, the town was founded in 1751 making it one of the oldest towns on the Island. The construction of the San Fernando Rey church in the town square began in 1752. The name Toa Alta comes from the Taino word for valley, "Thoa". Over the years, agriculture became an important economic force in the area. At the peak of the agricultural economy, the town was also known as the "Granja de los Reyes Católicos" (the Farm of the Catholic Monarchs). The town is also called "Ciudad del Josco". The town is commonly known by its nickname "La Cuna de los Poetas," or "Cradle of Poets," due to the numerous Spanish-language poets who were born there, such as Abelardo Diaz Alfaro and the musician Tomás "Masso" Rivera.

Geography

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Toa Alta Northern Coastal Plain and to the karst zone.

Landmarks and places of interest

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  • Legendary Tree "Bala de Cañón"
  • Tomas "Maso" Rivera Municipal Teather
  • Tomas "Maso" Rivera Statue
  • Plaza Recreo Egozcué
  • San Fernando Rey Parish
  • Villa Tropical Recreation Center
  • Plaza Aquarium Mall
  • Valle "El Toa"
  • Festivals and events

  • Chopa Marathon - March
  • Festival de Bellas Artes - April
  • Patron Celebrations - May
  • Typical Music - November
  • Government

    Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Toa Alta is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Clemente Agosto, from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Agosto was elected at the 2012 general election.

    The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district II, which is represented by two Senators. Migdalia Padilla and Carmelo Ríos Santiago have served as District Senators since 2005.

    Flag

    Horizontally divided in three, the bottom and top red stripes double the size of the center yellow stripe. In the upper left corner a yellow eight point star. The original design was elaborated by professor Herman E. Perez and adopted by the City Council in 1983

    Coat of arms

    The shield in gold, a red board with a silver sword topped with a gold crown of the same metal, to each side two small shields in red, the right-hand one with a tower in gold and the left-hand one with a gold eight point star, a five tower crown lined in black with red openings. Motto: Non Deserit Alta. Prof. Herman E Pérez included in the Coat of Arm this motto so that the present and future generations will remember: “not abandon higher principles and values”

    Education

    Toa Alta counts with several public and private schools distributed through several regions. Public education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

    Elementary schools

  • Alejandro Junior Cruz
  • Heraclio Rivera Colón
  • José De Diego
  • José María Del Valle
  • Luis Muñoz Rivera
  • Manuel Velilla
  • María C. Osorio
  • Merced Marcano
  • Secundino Díaz
  • Violanta Jimenéz
  • Virgilio Morales
  • Colegio Nacional de PR

    Middle and junior high schools

  • José Pablo Morales
  • Abelardo Díaz Alfaro
  • Felipe Díaz González
  • High schools

  • Adela Rolón Fuentes
  • Nicolas Sevilla
  • Tomás "Maso" Rivera Morales
  • Private schools

  • Academia Cristiana Yarah
  • Colegio Doriber
  • Notable natives and residents

  • Sergeants Jose Díaz and Francisco Diaz - defended Puerto Rico from a British invasion in 1797
  • Dayanara Torres Delgado - Miss Universe 1993
  • References

    Toa Alta, Puerto Rico Wikipedia


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