Juan Greek, in Spanish:
Juan Griego is a city on the northern side of
Isla Margarita, and is the most northern port in Venezuela. It has a
population of 28,256 inhabitants (as per census of 2001) and is
capital of the Marcano municipality of the
Nueva Esparta state.
Juan Griego Bay
La Galera, a Spanish colonial fort, separates the bay in two
The city is named after Juan the Greek, who was born in
Seville in the
early 16th century. He was a navigator who crossed the ocean for the
Americas. He started a prosperous business of transporting captive
Indians from the island to Santo Domingo. He is mentioned in a census
of 1545. After dying, the rest of the inhabitants of the town,
probably for being the most prominent citizen of the place, began to
call it after its founder.
The city began to receive importance in 1811 when, during the
Venezuela War of Independence, it became a port and the construction
of a battery to protect it military. In 1816, the port was used by
Simon Bolivar for returning from Haiti.
In 1844, the Parish of San Juan Evangelista was created - Its church
of gothic styling was constructed in 1850 by Fray Nicholas de Igualdad
is still, along with the lovely bay, the symbol of the city.
In 1904, the government moved the capital of the island from Juan
Griego to Pampatar, to the south of the island when the commercial
activities greatly reduced. Nevertheless, the cultural activities
continued to bloom in the city, In 1932 a young group of people
started the Beneficent Society of Juan Griego, who perform plays,
recitals of poetry, concerts and other artistic manifestations.
In 1973, the island become a free port and the city once again become
the second city in sequence of importance in the commercial activities
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Isla Margarita, Venezuela
El Valle del Espíritu Santo
Santa Rosa Castle
Laguna de la Restinga
Playa Puerto Cruz