National Geographic : 1939 Dec
HISTORIC CASA BLANCA WAS BUILT FOR PONCE DE LEON The famous seeker of the "Fountain of Youth," who was Puerto Rico's first governor, never dwelt here, for he died before the bougainvillea festooned building in San Juan was completed in 1523. Today it is the home of the commander of the U. S. troops on the island (Plate XI). Kodachromes byEdwin L.Wisherd LUMBERING OXEN HOLD THEIR OWN AGAINST TRUCKS AND HORSES Tons of sugar cane, Puerto Rico's chief crop, aremilled bymodern machinery, but the island still depends largely onthese patient beasts to transport the raw materialfrom thefields. Here, near Mayagiiez, flaming bougainvillea flanks a lane attheAgricultural Experiment Station.