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Carlos Almodovar

San Juan National Historic Site – Historic Site Tour

Our mission is to preserve the massive fortification system of the old city of San Juan. This system is comprised by Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fuerte San Juan de la Cruz, San Juan Gate and almost three miles of city walls. Its long construction period took from 1539 to circa 1785. San Juan was the first Spanish port that could be reached when sailing from Europe to the Americas and was considered a ‘Key’ to Spain’s oversea territories and riches.

In this tour for History Camp America, we’ll take you to see part of the defesive tunnel system, the dungeon, and cisterns (water collection system) in Castillo San Cristóbal. Cisterns are not included in our regular tours.

Session Handouts

Historical Cisterns Information PDF

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Carlos Almodovar, MA, is a Park Ranger and Interpreter at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico. He started working at the park 22 years ago as part of the Cultural Resources Division. He has a BA and a Masters degree in History from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.