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Cayey is located in the mountainous region of Puerto Rico and has an area of 128.74 square kilometers (49.71 square miles). It is known as the "Misty City," the "City of Mount Torito," and the "City of the Golden Coquí." According to the 2000 census, there are 47,370 Cayeyanos, living in 22 wards: Beatriz, Cayey Pueblo, Cedro, Cercadillo, Culebras Alto, Culebras Bajo, Farallón, Guavate, Jájome Alto, Jájome Bajo, Lapa, Matón Abajo, Matón Arriba, Monte Llano, Pasto Viejo, Pedro ávila, Piedras, Quebrada Arriba, Rincón, Sumido, Toíta, and Vegas. The patroness is Our Lady of the Assumption, whose festival is held in August.

There are many attractions in Cayey, including Guavate ward, where part of the Carite State Forest is located, as well as the "roast pork trail." During the Christmas season, many visitors flock to the roast pork stands and restaurants that serve local delicacies. Puerto Rican folk music and food create a certain magic in the area for visitors from around the island and abroad. The Three Kings Recreational park is located on the same highway. Craft fairs, festivals, and poetry and musical events are held at the Park. The monument to the Three Kings was created by Juan Santos and sculptors Héctor León and Gladys Nieves. All along Route 184 there are fifteen sculptures created by this artist. The summer residence of the governors of Puerto Rico is located in the Jájome sector.

Besides its renowned elevations, Cayey is an important historic and cultural center. There is a campus of the University of Puerto Rico, several museums, and the Muñoz-Mendoza residence, where former governor Luis Muñoz Marín lived with his wife Inés Mendoza, when he retired from the governorship. The residence will soon become a historical archive. Other interesting points are the five royal roads, used by our indigenous peoples to travel from the mountains to the coast; and Our Lady of Assumption Church, whose pews were designed by the renowned Puerto Rican painter Ramón Frade and which houses a sculpture called Virgen Taína, by Tomás Batista-Encarnación.

Geography

Located in the mountainous region of Puerto Rico, Cayey faces the south coast. It is bordered on the north by Cidra and Caguas, on the south by Salinas and Guayama, on the east by Caguas, San Lorenzo, and Patillas, and on the west by Aibonito and Salinas.

The towntown, founding: A group of vecinos that wanted to found a town had to grant a power of attorney to one or more other vecinos to represent them before the governor and viceroy. This person could authorize the founding of the town and the establishment of a parish. The grantors of the power of attorney had to be a majority in the given territory and more than ten in number. Once the case had been made, the governor appointed a capitán poblador or settlement official to represent the vecinos and one or more delegates, who usually lived in nearby cabildos vecinos to receive the necessary documentation. Proof was required that the settlement was so far from a church that it was very difficult for the settlers to partake of sacraments and municipal services. In general, proof was provided of the absence or bad condition of roads and bridges. If the petition was approved, it was required that the vecinos mark off the new municipality and build public works such as a church, a parish house, a government house (Casa del Rey), a slaughterhouse, and a cemetery, and to set aside land for the town square or plaza and the commons (ejidos). The vecinos were expected to cover the cost of building these works by levying special assessments. Usually one of the land owners donated some land for the founding. Once the requirements had been met, the governor authorized the founding of the town and the parish, and he appointed a Lieutenant at War who usually was the same capitán poblador. is located in a valley that is protected by the Cayey range, part of the central mountains. Peaks include Tabla, at 2,920 feet (890 meters), Avispas, at 2,789 feet (850 meters), Munt El Gato, at 2,690 feet (820 meters), Peña Domingo, at 2,641 feet (805 meters), and El Torito, at 2,395 feet (730 meters ) above sea level. The climate is pleasant, with an average temperature of 73.3 °F.

The hydrographic system is comprised of the La Plata, Matón, Guavate, Carite, Chiquito, Jájome, Majada, and Lapa rivers. Brooks include Culebras, Grande, El Cedro, Beatriz, Santo Domingo, Carmen, Pasto Viejo, and Collao.







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