Canóvanas is known as "La Cuna de los Indios" (Indian cradle) and "La Ciudad de las Carreras" (race horse town) because of its racetrack call "El Comandante". Juan R. Calderón founded Canóvanas in 1909. Canóvanas derives its name from a local Indian chief Canobaná (Canovanax).

Canóvanas is also known as the "Pueblo Valeroso" (valiant town) because the local Indian chief Yuira was killed defending the Spaniards from the Taínos.

Canóvanas is located in the northeastern region, north of Juncos and Las Piedras; south of Loíza; east of Carolina; and west of Río Grande. Its rivers are: Canóvanas, Cubuy, Herrera, Canovanillas and Grande de Loíza. The annual precipitation is approximately 73.62 inches and the average temperature is 75F.

The surrounding areas produce coffee, sugar cane and bananas.

There are many well-known "canovanenses", among them: Franciso E. Mundo, Enrique Sanchez Cappa, Julio Jimenez, Luis Sanchez Cappa, Rafael Albandoz, Agustin Lopez Cases; and Milagros Carillo ("La jibarita de Canovanas").

Land Area: 73 sq km (28.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 0.12 sq mi
Population: 43,335
Density: 595.2 per sq km (1,547.6 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 15,071
Housing Density: 458.8
Per Capita Income: $5,917
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Canóvanax
Wards: Campo Rico, Cubuy, El Verde, Hato Puerco, Las Lomas, Las Mercedes, Pueblo and Toma Agua.
Driving Distance: 10.7 miles *
Driving Time: 22 minutes *

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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In 1509, Juan Garrido, a conquistador in Juan Ponce de León's entourage, became the first African to set foot on the island.