Garita san juan puerto rico: Garita del Diablo – San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, often in the shadow of the nearby more popular Fort El Morro, is the largest Spanish fortification in the New World. It was built to repel enemy attacks and, like El Morro, it was equipped with several «garitas», or sentry boxes, in which Spanish soldiers stood guard at night.
One of these booths, built in 1634, stands out from the rest with its legend. Better known as the «Garita del Diablo» or «Devil’s Booth», it is located at a distance from the rest of the sentry booths and protrudes into the ocean. It is said that because of her secluded location and the eerie sounds that were often heard there, the Spanish guards did not like her.
The soldiers in the guardhouses sometimes called roll at night to make sure everything was in order and no one was sleeping. Garita del Diablo was so far away that they had to shout louder than the sound of the ocean waves and the howling wind. One night, a soldier named Sanchez stood guard in the infamous sentry box. No matter how many colleagues called him, the guard did not respond. Until dawn, none of the soldiers dared to go check on him. Arriving at the site in the morning, all they found in the booth was a gun and uniforms. Superstitious guards claimed that Sanchez was taken by the Devil, hence this legend.
However, the locals had a more logical explanation for this disappearance. They claimed that Sanchez left his post to run away with the love of his life, a girl named Diana. The soldier often played the guitar and serenaded her to express his love, however, neither his superiors nor Diana’s stepmother approved of this relationship. The lovers agreed to meet one evening, when Sanchez goes on guard, and escape together. Diana brought him civilian clothes and they took refuge in a house in the Sierra de Trujillo.