Tile from La Fortaleza

Tile from La Fortaleza

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This tile is from La Fortaleza, a military and government complex in San Juan built to defend the city from naval attacks. Construction began in 1533 and was finished in 1540. This tile resembles the Spanish ceramic style of Talavera, a tile factory established in the 16th century near the city of Toledo, Spain. The tiles produced in Spain became widely used and copied throughout the Spanish colonies.
Description (Spanish)
Esta loseta proviene de La Fortaleza, un complejo militar y gubernamental de San Juan, edificado para defender a la ciudad de ataques navales, cuya construcción comenzó en 1533 y concluyó en 1540. El estilo de esta pieza se asemeja al español propio de Talavera, una fábrica de cerámica establecida en el siglo XVI cerca de la ciudad de Toledo, España. La cerámica que se fabricaba en España se utilizó y reprodujo ampliamente a la largo de las colonias españolas.
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Object Name
Date made
18th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 12.9 cm x 13.4 cm; 5 1/16 in x 5 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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