Dorado barrio-pueblo is a barrio and the administrative center (seat) of Dorado, a municipality of Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 780. It is one of the 6 barrios in the municipality of Dorado, Puerto Rico, along with Espinosa, Higuillar, Maguayo, Mameyal and Río Lajas.As was customary in Spain, in Puerto Rico, the municipality has a barrio called pueblo which contains a central plaza, the municipal buildings (city hall), and a Catholic church. Fiestas patronales (patron saint festivals) are held in the central plaza every year.
The central plaza and its church
The central plaza, or square, is a place for official and unofficial recreational events and a place where people can gather and socialize from dusk to dawn. The Laws of the Indies, Spanish law, which regulated life in Puerto Rico in the early 19th century, stated the plaza's purpose was for "the parties" (celebrations, festivities) (Spanish: a propósito para las fiestas), and that the square should be proportionally large enough for the number of neighbors (Spanish: grandeza proporcionada al
número de vecinos). These Spanish regulations also stated that the streets nearby should be comfortable portals for passersby, protecting them from the elements: sun and rain.Located across the central plaza in Dorado barrio-pueblo is the Parroquia San Antonio de Padua (English:The San Antonio de Padua Catholic Church), named after Portuguese Catholic priest Saint Anthony of Padua. The church was built from 1826 throughout July 1848.
Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish–American War under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and became an unincorporated territory of the United States. In 1899, the United States Department of War conducted a census of Puerto Rico finding that the population of Dorado Pueblo was 937.In July 2020, Federal Emergency Management Agency appropriated funds for repairs to Dorado's plaza.
Barrios (which are roughly comparable to minor civil divisions) in turn are further subdivided into smaller local populated place areas/units called sectores (sectors in English). The types of sectores may vary, from normally sector to urbanización to reparto to barriada to residencial, among others.The following sectors are in Dorado barrio-pueblo:Barriada San Antonio,
Residencial Manuel Morales,
Sector Finca Santa Bárbara,
Sector Juan Francisco,
Sector La Julia,
Sector Mameyal Playa (stretch of PR-165),
Urbanización Brisas de Plata (before Villa Caíto),
Urbanización Jardines de Dorado,
Urbanización Martorell, and
Urbanización Sabanera Dorado.
In Dorado barrio-pueblo is part of the Dorado urban zone.