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|Hatillo, Puerto Rico|
|Nickname(s): "El Pueblo sin Sopa", "Capital De La Industria Lechera"' "Hatillo Del Corazón De Riego", "Tierra de Campos Verdes", "Los Ganaderos"|
|Anthem: "De un mar azul en el Atlántico"|
Location of Hatillo in Puerto Rico
|Founded||June 30, 1823|
|• "Mayor||"José A. Rodríguez Cruz ("PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||"3 - Arecibo|
|• Representative dist.||15|
|• Total||"58.73 sq mi (152.10 km2)|
|• Land||41.78 sq mi (108.22 km2)|
|• Water||16.94 sq mi (43.88 km2)|
|• Density||710/sq mi (280/km2)|
|"Time zone||"AST ("UTC-4)|
Hatillo (Spanish pronunciation: "[aˈtiʎo], Smallherd) is a "municipality located on the U.S. territory of "Puerto Rico's north coast, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, "Lares and "Utuado to the south, "Camuy to the west, and "Arecibo to the east. According to the 2000 US Census Hatillo is spread over 9 wards and Hatillo Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the "San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Don Agustín Ruiz Miranda, a "Canarian immigrant, founded Hatillo on approximately ten "cuerdas" (a cuerda is 0.97 acre) in 1823. Miranda granted this land on the condition that public buildings be erected and wide streets be built, and that the remaining land be sold or used for homes.
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Today, Hatillo is the major producer of milk on the island and produces a third of the milk consumed in Puerto Rico.
There is a Tradition each year on the 28th of December which is known as the Máscaras (Masks) of Hatillo. This Tradition dates back to 1823, when the town of Hatillo was founded. This Tradition came with settlers from the Canary Islands. The meaning of this tradition is the Holy Innocents, or Santos Inocentes: the first "martyrs of Christian faith from "Matthew's story in which small children were killed by Herod in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Jesus. It is a very special day with lots of fun and a large meeting of Mascaras: masked men and women of all ages, who wear costumes according to tradition, typically covered from head to toe, and parade through their town and nearby towns all day, making jokes and having fun, followed by a large multiple, and celebrated procession through all the town and nearby town's neighborhoods, and ending at the Hatillo town center. It is a multi-dynamic and wonderful experience for everyone in Hatillo and nearby towns. This special tradition came from the Canary Islands, the main place from Spain where the Hatillo, Camuy, and nearby town's Spanish immigrants arrived, mainly in the 1800s. Many of the native people of Hatillo, Camuy, Arecibo, and several nearby towns are proud to call themselves "Isleños", or people descendant from the Canary Island's immigrants.
The transportation to the events was traditionally on horseback, with still a few still doing it today, however, in more modern events the Jeep (carefully decorated to match the riders colors and costumes) and the "Carroza" (a homemade long cart with a long crankshaft and wheel, equally decorated) are used. You can usually see groups of riders that can be a few dozen to groups of 100+ marching all around the town with their "carrozas" equipped with loud speakers, air horns, bright lights and typical music playing. They make frequent stops at homes and stores making pranks and asking for "offerings". Usually food, drinks or money. Usually around mid-day the groups of riders (Usually with names that start with "Los" [name] Ex. Los Conservadores MEANING The Conservatives) head themselves to the center of the town for a parade and an award ceremony for best outfit, best sound, best "carroza" and others. With the occasional friendly wrestling with opposing groups. Rules are first man pinned or dog pile as well everyone must drink to show the opposing team respect and new found camaraderie.
White 76% Black Hispanic 25% Taino 6% Asian or Pacific Islander0.02%
The flag consists of three broad stripes - Blue, Yellow and Green. Blue represents the sea, yellow represents the material and artistic wealth of the town, and green represents the vegetation of its fields in all its territorial extension.
Coat of Arms On top of the shield is a gold crown with three towers over a silver field a Custard Apple tree (annona reticulata) and a field with two cows in gold which is over eight blue and silver-plated waves. At the center is a shield of "La Orden del Carmen". Under the shield the motto is inscribed, Hatillo Del Corazón.