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La Cruceta El Vigía

La Cruceta El Vigía
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 1 N: 78] (401)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon PowerShot S50
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-06 15:57
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La Cruceta El Vigía - a 100-foot-tall cross located atop Vigia Hill in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The cross sits at the same spot on Vigia Hill where early Spanish settlers once looked out for merchant ships and would-be invaders, including marauding pirates. In 1801, the settlers built a much smaller cross made of two intersecting tree trunks where an observer would constantly watch the sea and the city's port, raising different flags to either notify local merchants of incoming trade ships or alert military authorities of possible threats (a replica of this wooden cross now sits behind the current monument).

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