Turn left after passing through La Puerta de San Juan. Follow the path through the gardens, up the steps leading into La Plazuela de la Rogativa. This bronze statue completed in 1971 by New Zealand native Lindsay Daen, stands twelve feet high in front of an impressive view of the San Juan Bay. During the spring of 1797, Sir Ralph Abercrombie, commander of a British armada, sailed into the bay with plans of taking the city by storm. The initial attack was successfully repelled by the Spanish and Puerto Rican militia of Captain General Don Ramón de Castro. Abercrombie then organized a naval blockade to starve the residents of San Juan, cutting their access to supply shipments by sea. A ‘rogativa’ was ordered by the governor to appease the already desperate citizens of San Juan. This religious procession through the streets was carried out by the women of the city. Bearing torches and bells, they fooled the British into thinking reinforcements had arrived. Abercrombie’s fleet promptly left.