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Guide to Municipality of Lajas family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Municipality of Lajas
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Lajas was founded in 1883 by the Xueta Teodoro Jacome Pagan. Xuetes (Chuetas) were Majorcan Jews (Sephardi Catalan Jews). 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 a territory of the United States. In 1899, the United States conducted its first census of Puerto Rico. Population 25,800. [1]

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lajas," Wikipedia, The Free Encylopedia,,_Puerto_Rico, accessed 12/19/20.