Crossfire (HM14S2)

Location: Toa Baja, Toa Baja 00949 Mercer County
Country: Puerto Rico
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N 18° 27.984', W 66° 8.196'

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Spain built the stone fort to your right, called San Juan de la Cruz, or "El Canuelo", to create a deadly crossfire with the guns of Castillo San Felipe del Morro on the other side of the bay.

Just imagine yourself as an English ship captain around 1640 thinking about entering San Juan's harbor to attack the city. To keep your distance from El Morro's mighty cannon you might try to sail on this side of the bay. But the guns of San Juan de la Cruz were waiting here to stop you.

San Juan de la Cruz may have been small, but it played a key role in San Juan's defenses.

A Spanish ship (right) passes safely between San Juan de la Cruz and El Morro The guns of San Juan de la Cruz joined those of El Morro to create a gauntlet of crossfire to deter enemy ships from entering San Juan Harbor.

In English, San Juan de la Cruz means Saint John of the Cross.

HM NumberHM14S2
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 1:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19Q E 802421 N 2044182
Decimal Degrees18.46640000, -66.13660000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 18° 27.984', W 66° 8.196'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds18° 27' 59.04" N, 66° 8' 11.76" W
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Area Code(s)787, 939
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7120 PR-870, Toa Baja Toa Baja 00949, PR
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