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Legend of La Rogativa

Situated in the Plazuela de la Rogativa near La Puerta de San Juan, the renowned bronze sculpture "La Rogativa" is a significant landmark. The term "Rogativa" originates from the Spanish verb "rogar," signifying a plea or supplication. A Rogativa involves a grand procession of people beseeching God for assistance.

In a historical context, during the British occupation led by Sir Abercrombie on April 30, 1797, the distressed governor of San Juan called for a "rogativa." In response, women, guided by the bishop, paraded through the streets that night, commencing at the Cathedral. With hymns echoing, torches and bells in hand, they fervently prayed for the deliverance of their city. The British, misinterpreting these sights and sounds as reinforcements, believed themselves to be outnumbered, prompting Abercrombie's fleet to swiftly abandon the city.

The Plazuela de la Rogativa features four bronze statues commemorating this pivotal event, honoring the resilience of the townspeople and their Bishop. Crafted by Lindsay Daen of New Zealand in 1971, the 12-foot high statue stands proudly before an aged sentry box, offering a picturesque view of San Juan Bay.

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Legend of La Rogativa