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Buena Vista/Vives
Ponce


Hacienda Buena Vista, also referred to as Hacienda Vives, not to be confused with Hacienda Vives in Guayama, was established by Salvador Vives Rodó (1784-1845), a Spanish Army officer who arrived in Puerto Rico from Venezuela in 1821 with his wife, son Carlos and two slaves after the Spanish Army defeat in the Battle of Carabobo .  Click this link for more informtion about  Hacienda Buena Vista.

Originally, the main product cultivated at the hacienda was plantain, in 1845 corn was its main product and in the last 10-20 years of the 19th Century, coffee replaced corn as its main product.  At its height, Hacienda Buena Vista produced and processed more than 10,000 pounds of coffee per year for shipment to Europe.

The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico purchased the land and buildings from the Vives family in 1984, the Trust restored the hacienda to much of its past glory and turned it into a museum.

Carlos Vives built a home in Ponce which is pictured in the Other Architects gallery in the PR Architecture page.