JUAN GRIEGO is a city on the northern side of
Isla Margarita , and is
the most northern port in
La Galera, a Spanish colonial fort, separates the bay in two
The city is named after Juan the Greek, who was born 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
The city began to receive importance in 1811 when, during the
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 after Porlamar .
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