Albius Tibullus

Generally known by his cognomen, Albius Tibullus (c. 55 BC – 19 BC) was a Roman elegiac poet considered a peer of Vergil and Homer by his illustrious contemporaries, Ovid and Horace; aside from writing elegies about an illicit love affair with a woman he cast as “Delia,” also responsible for the Marathus cycle—the longestContinue reading “Albius Tibullus”

Batallón Eleuterio Gómez

Officially the 1st (and only) Battalion, 9th Regiment of the Insular Forces—which had been intended to incorporate any men the revolutionaries emancipated in the course of their campaigns, before all their officers realized it made far more sense to integrate them into their existing units. Eleuterio Gómez (1845-1868) had been an enslaved man in PonceContinue reading “Batallón Eleuterio Gómez”

El Recóndito

Spanish for “hidden.” Name for the hospital the Insular Forces slapped together on the island of Culebra, which was eventually replaced by a more permanent structure suitable for use as a veterans’ home. The current edition of the Recóndito, its fourth, was inaugurated in 1987.

El Yunque

The most famous of the Republic’s national forests, known for both its magnificent biodiversity and the tendency of supercilious tourists to wander off the prescribed trails and get lost for days at a time. Spanish troops were forced to retreat up the mountain in the latter half of 1870 by the advance of the RegimentContinue reading “El Yunque”

Francisco Ramírez Medina

First President of the Insular Republic of Puerto Rico (1868-1871), who led the Insular Government through three turbulent years of revolution. His reward was being displaced by his own chief soldier, General Rojas, on whom he promptly avenged himself as President of the Constitutional Assembly (1872-1876).

General Rojas

Manuel Rojas Luzardo (1831-1895), Commander-in-Chief of the Army of National Liberation during the Revolution, second President of the Insular Republic of Puerto Rico (1871-1879), and Ambassador to Venezuela (1891-1895), in which office he was shot by a British officer during the Venezuelan crisis of 1895.

Nuevo Asís

A reasonably-sized estate in the municipality of Camuy, purchased by Propercio Gallegos in 1837 and presumably named after the Umbrian town of Assisi, near the hometown Sextus Propertius, noted elegiac poet in Latin and the namesake of Tibulo Gallegos’ father.

Pelotón Tragao

Slightly informal Spanish for “swallowed platoon,” so named as a rather patibular pun on the unit’s exploits in the town of Comerío, whose name is supposedly derived from a man yelling ¡ay, que me come el río! (“oh no, the river’s going to eat me!”). At its “founding,” the Pelotón comprised around 25 volunteer soldiers,Continue reading “Pelotón Tragao”

Regimiento San Antonio de la Tuna

Officially the 6th Regiment of the Insular Forces. Took its name from the Partition of San Antonio de la Tuna, which comprised the modern municipalities of Camuy, Hatillo, Quebradillas, Isabela, Utuado, and San Sebastián. The Partition is named after St. Anthony of Padua; tuna is the local term for the prickly pear.