History of Puerto Tejada

Puerto Tejada was officially made a town on September 17, 1897 in Monte Oscuro (Dark Mountain), named after General Manuel Tejada Sanchez. During the 18th and 19th centuries there had been uprisings of both black slaves and free blacks in the general area, and maroons had established settlements in Monte Oscuro, which provided great cover because of its dense tropical vegetation. After the abolition of slavery in 1852 the former slaves and the maroons' descendents established themselves as organized communities forming family farms that produced coffee, corn, plantain, cassava and cacao. They were