Commercial Activity, Trades and Professions in Barrio Ballajá, 1910 - 1940.

Author(s): Laura Hernández

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Primary Sources and the Design of Research Projects" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

A deeper analysis of the neighborhoods (barrios) of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, during the early 1900’s provides a clearer scope of the complexities of population density and work related activities. For instance, Barrio Ballajá, the smallest neighborhood located to the northwest of the walled city, had a population of approximately a thousand people distributed within six urban blocks. This study concentrates on identifying the types of trades and professions of the people who resided in Ballajá, as well as the types of businesses that existed in the area. The information is gathered from population census for 1910 and 1940, commercial directories and registries from the first half of the 20th century. As a result, this study developed a wider picture on the neighborhood's types of jobs and commercial activities. The retrieved data will aid on new interpretations of the material culture and features recovered from archaeological excavations.

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Commercial Activity, Trades and Professions in Barrio Ballajá, 1910 - 1940.. Laura Hernández. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452061)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25898