April 2015:  1797 British Siege and Defense of San Juan, Puerto Rico / Reenactment Official Site

Historical preamble 

Old San Juan is a well preserved historical site. Settled in 16th Century, it was highly defended during the Spanish domination for its strategic geographical position. Old San Juan is a walled city with the largest fortifications in the Antilles and highly coveted by Spain’s enemies. Besieged by the British Royal Navy in April 1797, it was nearly conquered by the British crown in a fifteen-days battle. However, Old San Juan was well defended by the colonial forces, especially by the Fixed Regiment of Puerto Rico, a military corps of soldiers born in the Island.


 General Event Program  of 2014 event . 2015 will be announced later

· Thursday - Early arrivals registration. Welcoming reception for reenactors.

· Friday 7:30 PM -  Reenactment of the Legend of the procession to pray for the withdrawal of the British from the war. Skirmish at Puerta de San Juan and Paseo de la Princesa.

· Saturday 10:00 AM  and  2:00 PM - Battles Reenactment at the Escambrón Battery.

· Sunday - 10:00 AM  and  2:00 PM - Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Artillery and infantry demonstrations.



Reenactors will lodge at Ballajá Cultural Center, formerly Ballajá Barracks, located within the reenactment scenario in the Old San Juan at no cost.



Most meals will be covered by the sponsors.


Air Transportation from East USA

Direct flights to San Juan departs from Baltimore, NYJFK, Dulles, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, and Hartford, among others.  Puerto Rico is a domestic flight for US citizens.


About Old San Juan

Reenactors will have an extraordinary opportunity to live inside a beautiful, well preserved, walled colonial city in the Caribbean. Every part of the city is at walking distance, including Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo del Morro. These sites are two of the most important fortifications in the Spanish Caribbean. Very known commercial establishments are located within the city. Great nightlife full of music and arts is very common in weekends.  Average temperature is about 85şF.



A contribution fee of $30 will be required to non-members  of the Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico.


Contact us

Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico, Inc.

PO Box 9023406, San Juan, PR 00902-3406



Contact Officials: Mr. Pedro Rodríguez or  Ms. Magaly Pérez

We are available to answer your questions about the event. Please call regimientofijodepuertorico@gmail.com. You can also send a text message or call 787-370-9509 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST.

1797British Siege and Defense of San Juan, Puerto Rico"An unique reenactment in the Caribbean"April 24 - 26, 2015Commemoration
Asedio británico y defensa de San Juan, Puerto Rico





Text Box: The 2015 Commemoration 

The 1797 Siege and Defense of San Juan is an annual commemoration held during the last weekend of April, organized by the Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico with public and private support. 

Thursday, wine and cheese reception for reenactors and participants at Casa de Espańa (non public).  

Friday:  Reenactment of the Rogativa Legend and a skirmish at Puerta de San Juan (Paseo de la Princesa).  

Saturday’s activities will be held at the Fortified Battery of Escambrón, located in one of the beach fronts which formed the first line of defense in 1797.  

Sunday cannon and musket drill and fire demonstrations on the grounds and ramparts of the majestic and emblematic Fort San Felipe del Morro 

Black powder is provided by the NPS while doing drill and demonstrations in the forts of the San Juan National Historic Site and by the Regimiento Fijo for the skirmish and battle recreations held outside NPS grounds.  

Muskets may be brought to San Juan on domestic flights inside TSA approved cases (sport tubes are recommended) If you belong to an artillery crew, the Fijo will share with you one of its cannons and firing utensils. During the four day event reenactors may stay free of charge at the Cuartel de Ballajá, the actual Spanish Military Barracks which housed the main infantry and cavalry force of the San Juan Military Garrison, or pay for hotel accommodations in any nearby hotel. 

For those who may wish to consider other lodging alternatives, Old San Juan offers conveniently located hotels within walking distance of the reenactment sites. Beginning Friday, meals are served to registered participating reenactors three times a day throughout the commemoration. During the evenings, reenactors are welcomed to enjoy Old San Juan's delightful night life with or without period dress. 

The Regimiento Fijo de Puerto Rico cordially invites you to its April annual event and looks forward to share the magic of the Old San Juan with you.