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History of Patillas



During the mid-18th century there already existed a relatively large number of dispersed neighbors in the Valley of Patillas and along the southeastern coast of the island of Puerto Rico. During this time frame, there was an establishment of a sugar cane mill which took advantage of the agricultural potential the valley provided. As this establishment provided a good source of income for the neighbors it also was the main reason for the town's foundation in 1811. Doña Adelina Cintrón, owner of "La Finca Patillas", donated almost 8 acres (32,000 m) of land for the foundation. Most of the neighbors then relocated towards the west side of the proposed site called Cacao Bajo