Saturday, August 30, 2008

WPA Poster ~ El Morro, Puerto Rico



Another travel poster, sponsored by a Federal Art Project, under the auspices of the Department of the Interior, as part of FDR's New Deal Works Progress Administration to put people to work. This was made by artist Frank S. Nicholson, circa 1940, and shows Fort San Felipe del Morro, better known as El Morro, in Puerto Rico.

Built in 1539 and expanded in 1589, the Spanish were intent on protecting their harbor at San Juan from sea faring enemies. In 1595 they successfully repelled an attack by the famous explorer Sir Francis Drake, when El Morro gunners fired a cannonball right through the cabin of his flagship.

The old fort is one of Pueto Rico's most popular tourists sights.

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