Aguada (pronounced as /aγ'wa.ða in Spanish and as ˌæˈgwɑ:də in English) is a municipality of Puerto Rico, located in the Costal Valley of the West region bordering the Atlantic Ocean, west of Rincón, Aguadilla and Moca; and north to Anasco. Aguada's population is spread over 17 wards and Aguada Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
Aguada (literally: water-station or to water) - The shield of Aguada is the seal that the Municipal Government officially uses. It was given to the "Villa de San Francisco de Asís de la Aguada" by the Royal Bill of Grace of January 14 1778, by King Charles III. With it, they recognized the personality of the "Villa" as part of the Island of San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico. It carries then symbols of history, religion and culture. The cross, with the interlaced arms of the Redeemer and our Father Saint Francis, signifies the badge of the Order of Lesser Frays of San Francisco, which means: "peace and fraternal hug between man and the Redeemer". The sun below the cross symbolizes the light that brightens the world. He who believes in Light and in Truth shall not be blind forever. The lower part of the shield consists of five Columbine ships that symbolize the second voyage of Christopher Columbus, who arrived to our island on November 19 1493, by the "Guaniquilla' coast, where he calmed his thirst in the Aguada wells. (Very contested, but probably the most plausible site of the actual landing). The mural crown in the upper part of the shield signifies the title "Muy Leal Villa" (very loyal village), that was given to this town by King Charles III, in the Royal Bill of Grace of January 14 1778. The official colors of the shield are: red, which stands for the fraternal love that kindles all Aguada; gold stands for the Spanish royalty in Puerto Rico; green stands for our land's hope and fertility; black's the beam that redeemed the world; blue's the sky and the kingship of the Creator; white's the Redeemer's purity and the purity of our people toward the cultural patrimony.
It is popularly held that Christopher Columbus landed in Aguada when he discovered Puerto Rico in November 1493. Aguadilla also makes this claim. While there is no specific historical proof, it is known that many of the first attempts to set up a town on the island were in Aguada. Aguada was named Villa de Sotomayor. Aguada became a stopover point for ships on their way to Spain from South America. On 1737, the King of Spain declared that all mail on route to Venezuela and other South America countries from Puerto Rico must exit from Aguada's ports, leading to the area's economic growth.
|List of Mayors:|
|1921 - 1928||Manuel Ruiz Gonzalez|
|1928 - 1932||Carlos Gonzalez|
|1932 - 1936||Efigenio Charneco|
|1936 - 1940||Femando Rivera|
|1940 - 1944||Andres Carrero|
|1944 - 1948||Juan Villarrubia Santiago||PPD|
|1948 - 1960||Manuel Egipciaco||PPD|
|1960 - 1968||Juan Figueroa Gonzalez||PPD|
|1968 - 1972||Julio C. Roman Gonzalez||PNP|
|1972 - 1976||Mabel Velez de Acevedo||PPD|
|1976 - 2000||Julio C. Roman Gonzalez||PNP|
|2000 - 2004||Miguel A. Ruiz Hernandez (Miguelito)||PPD|
|2004 -||Luis A. E chevarria Santiago||PNP|
Muchos siglos han pasado... ¡Por Aguada fue!
Terminando el Siglo Quince, en el noventa y trés.
¡Aquí fue! ¡Sí señor! ¡Aquí fue!
¡Noviembre diecinueve, por Aguada fue!
Por tus playas entró la Luz de Cristo Redentor.
Por tus playas llegó la Lengua del Conquistador.
Con la Cruz, del Señor el Amor;
y con el Castellano el verbo ardiente y creador.
Tienes la Ermita de Espinar, donde a los Frailes se inmoló,
teniendo así el honor de ser, primeros Mártires de Dios.
¡Y aquí fue; y así fue que surgió
el Génesis Isleño; Villa de Sotomayor!
Aguadilla, San Sebastián, Moca y el pueblo de Rincón;
¡tus hijos son!; ¡tus hijos son!
Por eso en la historia serás faro de luz, piedra angular
y en este cielo de Borinquen, con luz propia brillarás.
¡Y en este cielo de Borinquen, con luz propia brillarás!
Antonio Santiago Aviles: great poet
Antonio Sanchez Ruiz Alcalde Historico de Aguada 1898