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JUAN GREEK, in Spanish: JUAN GRIEGO is a city on the northern side of Isla Margarita
Isla Margarita
, and is the most northern port in Venezuela
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
Nueva Esparta
state. Juan Griego
Juan Griego
Bay

HISTORY

La Galera, a Spanish colonial fort, separates the bay in two

The city is named after Juan the Greek, who was born in Seville
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
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
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
Simon Bolivar
for returning from Haiti <