The World History Association’s 28th Annual Conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 27–29 June 2019.
Founded in 1509, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. rule and one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas, having existed as part of the Spanish colonial empire for nearly four centuries before being occupied by the United States following the 1898 Spanish–American War. As one of the principal port cities of the Carribean, San Juan played a large role in the early modern colonial wars among the European imperial powers. Its importance within the Spanish colonial system only increased after the Latin American wars of independence, and it continues to be an significant commercial port.
Viejo San Juan is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District and includes the San Juan National Historic Site, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the town’s Spanish colonial architecture is preserved, as well as the San Felipe del Moro and San Cristóbal forts and most of the 13-m-high city walls. The town’s Iglesia de San José, which dates to the early sixteenth century, is an important example of Spanish colonial gothic architecture, and the adjoining Galería Nacional de Puerto Rico, housed in a former Dominican abbey once served by the church, holds a major collection of Puerto Rican art. Notable among San Juan’s other museums and galleries is the Casa del Libro, with a collection of print and manuscript books dating to the 1400s.
More details about the 2019 conference will be posted here in the coming months.
The 2019 WHA conference will take place at the InterContinental San Juan. This hotel is located on an extensive white sand beach in the Isla Verde district, east of Viejo San Juan.
In addition to direct beach access and its own swimming pool, this resort hotel contains multiple bars and restaurants, a full-service spa, and a fitness center.