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Isabel II barrio-pueblo ''(referred to as Isabel Segunda in Spanish)'' is a Barrios of Puerto Rico, barrio and the administrative center (Seat of government, seat) in the downtown area in the island-municipality of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 1,354.


The central plaza and its church

As was customary in Spain, in Puerto Rico, the municipality has a barrio called ''pueblo'' which contains a central plaza, the municipal buildings (city hall), and a Catholic church. Fiestas patronales in Puerto Rico, Fiestas patronales (patron saint festivals) are held in the central plaza every year. The central plaza, or square, is a place for official and unofficial recreational events and a place where people can gather and socialize from dusk to dawn. The Laws of the Indies, Spanish law, which regulated life in Puerto Rico in the early 19th century, stated the plaza's purpose was for "the parties" (celebrations, festivities) ( es, a propósito para las fiestas), and that the square should be proportionally large enough for the number of neighbors ( es, grandeza proporcionada al número de vecinos). These Spanish regulations also stated that the streets nearby should be comfortable portals for passersby, protecting them from the elements: sun and rain. Located across the central plaza in Isabel II barrio-pueblo is the , a Roman Catholic church, which was first built in 1844.


History

Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish–American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and became an Insular area, unincorporated territory of the United States. In 1899, the United States Department of War conducted a census of Puerto Rico finding that the combined population of Pueblo and Florida, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Florida barrios was 2,646. In July 2020, Federal Emergency Management Agency appropriated funds for repairs to Vieques' plaza.


Sectors

Barrios (which are roughly comparable to minor civil divisions) in turn are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (''sectors'' in English). The types of ''sectores'' may vary, from normally ''sector'' to ''urbanización'' to ''reparto'' to ''barriada'' to ''residencial'', among others. The following sectors are in Isabel II barrio-pueblo: , and .


Historic sites and features

Isabel II barrio-pueblo is the location of several National Register of Historic Places listings in eastern Puerto Rico#Vieques, historic sites listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, including: * Fuerte de Vieques (El Fortín Conde de Mirasol) * Casa Alcaldia de Vieques * Casa Augusto Delerme * Casa Delerme-Anduze No. 2 * Casa de Jaime Puig Lemoine * Delerme-Anduze House * Las Tumbas de J. J. Maria le Guillou * Rafael Acevedo House * Smaine-Ortiz House


Gallery

Places in Isabel II barrio-pueblo: Fortin Conde de Mirasol Vieques PR.jpg, El Fortín Conde de Mirasol 300-year-old Ceiba Tree in Isabel II, Vieques, Puerto Rico.jpg, 300-year-old Ceiba Tree Street in Isabel II barrio-pueblo, Vieques, Puerto Rico.jpg, Street Statue of Simon Bolivar in Isabel II, Vieques, Puerto Rico.jpg, Statue of Simon Bolivar Casa Alcaldía Isabel Segunda, Vieques PR.jpg, The City Hall 20080720 155752 Festival Viequense 2008.jpg, Patron saint festival celebration in 2008


See also

* List of communities in Puerto Rico * List of barrios and sectors of Vieques, Puerto Rico


References

{{Reflist Barrios of Vieques, Puerto Rico Vieques, Puerto Rico