Awakening Timeline

Year
1508 Juan Ponce de Leon came to the island
1646 Area from the Rio Portugués to the Bay of Guayanilla was called Ponce
1670 Chapel was raised in the middle of the small settlement and dedicated in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
1692 September 17 – King of Spain Carolos II issued a Cédula Real (Royal Permit) converting the chapel into a parish, officially recognizing the small settlement as a hamlet
1692 Ponce was founded
1700 Early 18th Century Don Antonio Abad Rodriguez Berrios built a small chapel under the name of San Antonio Abad. The area would later receive the name of San Antón, a historically important part of modern Ponce.
1712 The Village was chartered as El Poblado de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Ponce (The Village of Our Lady of Guadalupe of Ponce).
1792-1804 Haitian Revolution – a significant number of French citizens to flee to Ponce
1810-1820s Latin American landlords and merchants migrated for better conditions
1812 Ponce municipal council formed
1815 Royal Decree of Graces of 1815 attracted numerous European immigrants to the Island
1815 European mages begin immigrating to the island
1820 Effect of mass migration from French citizens fleeing the Haitian Revolution significantly
1820 February 27 – A major fire took place that “almost destroyed the early Ponce settlement”
1820 Ponce’s first school for boys was established
1823 Puerto Rican Governor Miguel de la Torre mandated that “every male from 16-60 years old must be a firefighter.
1833 Hacienda Buena Vista was founded
1833 Hacienda Buena Vista is built to grow fruits
1838 First Consilium formed in Ponce. Rafel de Cardenas becomes Hierarch
1839 The Roman Catholic Ponce Cathedral, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built
1840s Ponce Municipal Hall was built as a public assembly hall, also served as a jail until the end of the 19th century
1844 The Ponce coat of arms was adopted under the administration of mayor Salvador de Vives and is based on the design of the official mayoral seal
1845 Hacienda Buena Vista is converted into a coffee plantation and gristmill
1845 March – Another major fire occurred in La Playa that destroyed “most of the Ponce vicinity”. It significantly damaged the Spanish Customs House in Ponce, this being one of the few buildings left standing after the fire. The fire burned down the major buildings of the “Marina de Ponce”. Puerto Rico Governor Conde de Mirasol (born Rafael de Aristegul y Velez) created a new firefighting organization staffed by volunteers.
1845 In the chaos of the fire, most of the Ruling Council is killed by unnamed sources.
1848 July 29 – Queen Isabella II declared the Ponce hamlet a villa (village) as a result of the explosive growth
1848 Vincenzo Gonzalez Sardina reorganizes the Consilium and becomes Hierarch
1850-1860 Several Consilium members go missing, and are presumed dead even though their bodies were never recovered. Many of the Consilium’s Masters attempted to search for them using mundane and magical methods, also checking the other realms, but could find no traces of what happened to its missing members.
1862 The Ponce Firefighters Corps was reorganized under the administration of Ponce mayor Luis de Quixano y Font, and Tomás Cladellas was named fire chief.
1864 Teatro La Perla was built
1868 Maximo Ortego Apolinar becomes Hierarch after the previous Hierarch resigns stating an intent to retire.
1873 The Episcopalian-faith Holy Trinity Church in Barrio Cuarto was built and allowed to function by the Spanish Crown under the conditions that its bell would not be rung, its front doors would always remain closed and its services would be offered in English only
1877 Village obtained its city charter
1877 Don Miguel Rosich conceived an exposition for Ponce, following trends set in Europe and elsewhere for a Ponce Fair
1877 Hierarch Maximo is killed by Seers during the Ponce Fair. Hector Ramirez Berra replaces him.
1879 The Ponce Fire Corps reorganizes again, with a new fire chief, local architect Juan Bertoly.
1880 Don Miguel Rosich’s exposition is approved for the Ponce Fair
1882 Ponce Fair was held, showing several industrial and agricultural advancements
1882 the electric grid of Ponce was inaugurated on the first day of the Ponce Fair
1883 The Ponce Fire Corp reorganizes in a more definitive fashion when Máximo Meana was mayor of Ponce. This time the Ponce Fire Corps was made up of 400 fire fighters. It’s leadership was made up of Julio Steinacher, fire chief; Juan Seix, second fire chief, Oscar Schuch Olivero, Chief of Brigade and Fernando M. Toro, Supervisor of the Gymnastics Academy.
1883 September – Juan Morel Campos formally organized the Ponce Fire Corps Municipal Band, which exists to this day.
1898 US troopships and convoy at Playa de Ponce coincided with a period of economic stagnation for Ponce.
1898 July 25 – The bells of the Episcopalian-faith Holy Trinity Church in Barrio Cuarto rang for the first time upon the arrival of the Americans
1898 July 27 – American troops aboard the Cincinnati, Dixie, Wasp and Gloucester disembarked at Playa de Ponce
1898 July 28 – General Nelson Miles arrived with reinforcements from Guánica and took possession of the City
1898-1899 Between the invasion of American troops during the Puerto Rico Campaign of the Spanish-American War and the fire at the U.S. Munitions Depot, Seers and others are able to eliminate almost the entire Ponce Consilium. The survivors go into hiding as a result.
1899 January 25 – Third Ponce fire of large proportions which started at the U.S. Munitions Depot on the lot currently occupied by the Ponce High School building and grounds. The heroes in that fire, believed to have saved the city from certain annihilation, are remembered with monuments on their tombs as well as in a monument in the city square Plaza Las Delicias. The fire was fought by a group of firefighters amongst whom was Pedro Sabater and the civilian Rafael Rivera Esbrí, who would later become mayor of the city.
1899 March – By this time, executives from the Methodists, Episcopalians, Baptists, Presbyterians and others had arranged for an evangelical division whereby Ponce would have Evangelical, Baptist and Methodist “campaigns”
1899 Hurricane San Ciriaco left the region in misery
1900s Solid manufacturing industry surges – Ponce Cement, Puerto Rico Iron Works, Vassallo Industries and Distilería Serrallés are examples of this.
1900 Passing of the Foraker Act which established total separation between Church and State
1900 European Great Convocation – The remainder of the living members from the Ponce Consilium return to Europe for the Convocation and to convince members of their Orders to return to Ponce with them.
1902 The history of the Ponce Municipal Police dates back to at least this time when there was already a municipal police force in the city. At the time, it was the only police force serving the municipality of Ponce.
1909 Pentacle mages return to Ponce with new “recruits” and reform the Ponce Consilium on May 21st. Alejandro Nivarro Vital (A,My) becomes the first Hierarch of the new Consilium.
1911 El Dia was founded in Ponce
1937 March 21 – Peaceful march was organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the abolition of slavery and protest the incarceration of their leader, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, in a federal prison on charges of sedition. This march turned into a police slaughter that killed 19 Puerto Ricans and wounded over 200 others that became known as the Ponce Massacre. More than 30 officers placed themselves in an intersection in downtown Ponce to block the march.As the demonstrators marched, singing La Borinqueña (Puerto Rico’s state song), General Blanton Winship, the U.S. appointed governor of Puerto Rico, ordered Chief of Police Guillermo Soldevilla to open fire on the protesters. In the massacre that lasted 15 minutes, 19 people died, including a seven-year-old girl. This and other incidents involving the Insular Police fueled the Puerto Rico Independence movement, leading to the burning of police stations and post offices in 1950, and the Jayuya Uprising.
1937 Hierarch Alejandro resigns after the Ponce massacre, claiming an inability to protect the seven mages killed by Seers in the chaos, despite the capture of several prisoners. Miguel Santiago Fierro (O,AA) is elected to replace him.
1937 Puerto Rican US-appointed Governor Blanton Winship is removed from his position and replaced
1938 Shortly after Governor Winship is replaced, the trial of the Seer Prisoners begins. Transcripts from the completed trial are placed into the archives, along with precendents set during the course of the trial. All Prisoners are sentenced to death instead of Spiritual Obliviation for their actions.
1940s Mercedita Airport became a commercial airport serving the Ponce area, handling both intra-island and international flights. The airport was formerly used as a private airfield and belonged to Destileria Serralles rum distillery.
1941 After a period with no war, Hierarch Miguel resigns. Ignacio de Herrera (Mo,GotV) replaces him.
1951 Ponce’s Fire Chief Raúl Gándara-Cartagena wrote a book on the firemen’s service, which became a firemen’s manual in several Latin American countries
1959 Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) was founded by Luis A. Ferré
1967 The first official flag was approved via a municipal ordinance, and was designed by Mario Ramirez
1970 The Puerto Rico Police had its Ponce area regional headquarters on Hostos Avenue.
1975 The Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center was discovered in the city outskirts after hurricane rains uncovered pottery.
1977 A new municipal ordinance replaced the first official flag with one that commemorated the one hundred anniversary of the declaration of the city charter.
1977 May 12 – The Ponce Municipal Police was created under Law #19 as the main police force for the municipality of Ponce with jurisdiction in the entire municipality, including all 31 barrios of Ponce.
1977 Coronel Pedro Rodriguez Seguin appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1978 Consilium approves mages to begin joining the Ponce Municpal Police. This movement progresses extremely slowly, as only young and fairly newly Awakened mages are accepted.
1985 October 7 – Mameyes landslide – 129 people lost their lives to a mudslide in a sector of Barrio Portugués Urbano called Mameyes
1985 October – Consilium sends mages to investigate the landslide, believing it to potentially be caused by unnatural sources. Investigators find no evidence to support this belief, though there are traces of unfamiliar resonance in the area.
1985 The Ponce en Marcha project was conceived by then governor Rafael Hernández Colón during his second term in La Fortaleza and Ponce mayor Jose Dapena Thompson.
1985 Roberto Duque Santos appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1987 Norberto Rodriguez Alicea appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1989 Carlos Rodriguez appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1990-2000s There was a trolley system reminiscent of the one the city used in the 19th century and which traveled through the downtown streets, and which was used mostly by tourists. Today it is used mostly during special events.
1991 Before its merger with Banco Popular, Banco de Ponce had the most extensive international network of branches of any Puerto Rican Bank
1992 October 27 – the municipality of Ponce became the first in Puerto Rico to obtain its autonomy under The Autonomous Municipalities Act of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico enacted by the Puerto Rican legislature.
1992 Museo de la Historia de Ponce opens in Ponce depicting the history of the city from its early settlement days until the end of the 20th century
1993 November 19-30 – Ponce hosted the Central American and Caribbean Games.
1993 Skirmishes begin between Pentacle, Seer and Banishers
1995 Eduardo Diaz Caraballo appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1996 Gilberto Colon Rodriguez appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
1998-2000 War is declared between the Consilium and Seers. Pablo Icaza Segarra is named Warleader for this period. Casualties: 15 Consilium, 30 Seer/Recruits, 10 Sleepers
2003 January 14 – The Ponce en Marcha project plan was approved by the Ponce Municipal Legislature
2003 June – Hierarch dies of natural causes, Marta Cano Tovar (O,SL) is elected Hierarch.
2003 December 28 – The Ponce en Marcha project plan was signed by Governor Sila Calderon via Executive Order
2004 January 12 – The Ponce en Marcha project plan went into effect
2004 January 17 – Rafael Cordero Santiago died in office after suffering three consecutive strokes after serving as Ponce’s mayor for 15 years. Vice-mayor Delis Castillo Rivera de Santiago finished his term.
2004 January – Evidence is found that the former mayor’s death was caused my magical methods.
2004 September 15 – The last four museums not under local control (Casa Armstrong Poventud, Casa Wichers-Villaronga, Museo de la Música Puertorriqueña and Casa de la Masacre) were transferred from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture to the Ponce Municipal Government by act of the Puerto Rican Legislature, though they continue to be controlled by the ICP
2004 Alfredo Lugo Vera appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
2005 Francisco Zayas Sejo was elected mayor
2005 Mid-July – Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá announced a series of measures aimed at lowering Ponce’s high murder rate, some including the permanent transfer of 100 agents to the area, the appointment of a ballistics expert from the Institute of Forensic Sciences and two prosecutors for the Department of Justice in Ponce.
2005 August – Consilium mages begin infiltrating the agents being transferred into the area
2007 Ponce was host to the Club Atlético River Plate Puerto Rico football team, which plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League.
2007 By this time, Ponce had experienced a 61% decline in the rate of violent crimes.
2008 Maria “Mayita” Meléndez was elected mayor of Ponce in the general elections
2009 Francisco Quinones Rivera appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
2009 May – The Consilum Gathers
2009 September – A MD Helicopters MD 500 with the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Puerto Rico Air Unit was on its way from Ponce police air base to Mayagüez. When they were flying over the mountains, the helicopter lost the turbine RPM. The sergeant, an experienced pilot located a space between the mountains for the emergency landing. The mountains were about 1,500 feet tall. The autorotation (helicopter) maneuver was successful and all 3 members of the crew were unharmed. The helicopter is intact and was transported back for repairs.
2009 Ponce Consilium throws a large celebration to mark the centinnial anniversary of the Consilium founding.
2010 June 13 – The mayor of Ponce announced the creation of a Municipal Education System and a School Board with the objective of obtaining accreditation for what would be the first free bilingual school in the city.
2010 July 29 – Puerto Rico governor Luis Fortuño Burset signed various orders that increased the powers of the municipal police force, including making certain types of arrests without consulting with the Puerto Rico Police
2010 Inspector Norberto Rodriguez Alicea appointed Ponce Municipal Police Commissioner
2011 The Puerto Rico Police moved its command center to a new and larger facility west on Ubranizacion Los Caobos in Barrio Bucana, which commands five precincts in the city: Villa, Playa, Morel Campos, La Rambla, and El Tuque.
2011 June – President Barack Obama becomes first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to Puerto Rico.
2011 November – The new intra-city mass transit system, SITRAS was scheduled to start operations.
2011 December – Governor Fortuno gives go-ahead for August 2012 referendum to help decide island’s political status.
2011 November – SITRAS is found to have been delayed because of the disappearances of some of the employees, as well as vandalism to some of the busses. On investigation of the vandalism, some of it is found to be Atlantean Runes, though the Consilium is unsure what those runes mean beyond that the implications are unpleasant.
2011 May – Ponce Mayor Mayita Meléndez announced plans to invest $2.4 million for the remodeling of the former Puerto Rico Police headquarters at the intersection of Avenida Hostos and Avenida Las Americas to serve as the first consolidated headquarters of the Ponce Municipal Police
2012 Ramón Ruiz and Martín Vargas Morales of the Popular Democratic Party were elected as District Senators
2012 February – The SITRAS system was launched with 11 busses and three routes after a 3-month delay
2012 April – The administrative offices of the Police Commissioner are located on the third floor of the Secretaria de Deportes on Avenida Las Americas, in barrio Canas
2012 October – The consilium gathers. An abandoned ship is found and investigated by those at the Gathering.
2013 February – AAU Puerto Rico Volleyball Grand Prix held in Ponce.
2013 April – Fire consumes cafeteria El Domplín. A fire of unknown origin completely destroyed the interior of the cafe called “The Domplin” in Ponce, causing total loss of commercial space.
2013 Late April – Ponce Jazz Festival
2013 May – Crime rate on the increase in the city. Robberies, burgurlaries; and the like are on the rise while murders remain on the same level as 2012, currently numbered at 18.
2013 May – Attempted kidnapping thwarted by bystanders. A masked man attempted to abduct a child as they got off a school bus.
2013 May – Ponce Grand Prix is held. The race is won by Muriel Ahoure
2013 June 1 – Chronicle Start
2013 Jume 1 – Hurricane season begins and residents are encouraged to educate themselves.