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Learn more about Puerto Rico.
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Population: 3,897,960 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: San Juan
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An Introduction to Puerto Rico
Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose to retain commonwealth status.

Puerto Rico map

Map of Puerto Rico ( Location ) : 18 15 N, 66 30 W, Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic. For additional reports and educational information specific to Puerto Rico, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Puerto Rican Flag
Five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center; design initially influenced by the US flag, but similar to the Cuban flag, with the colors of the bands and triangle reversed.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Puerto Rico.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.49%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 73.49 yrs - Male
    • 81.68 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 1,329,500 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 1.021 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 2,700,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .pr

Did you know ... People from Puerto Rico are called Puerto Ricans
 

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