Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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Flag of Puerto Rico Flag of Puerto Rico
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.

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 not to alter the existing political status. - CIA World Factbook.

Map of Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico Description
Puerto Rico is close to the deepest submarine depression in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Taínos of Puerto Rico
A cultural history of the Taínos of Borikén including traditions, folklore, foods, cooking, agriculture, clothing, artifacts, physical description, and much more.

Puerto Rico Coat of Arms and Seal - Fotw
The rim is covered by 16 symbols: castles signifying the "Kingdom of Castilla" and lions, representing the "Kingdom of Leon" and a flag, with both, lions and castles, representing the unity of both kingdoms.
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Puerto Rico -
Even though all people born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, the nature of Puerto Rico's political relationship with the United States is the subject of ongoing debate on the island, in the United States Congress, and in the United Nations.