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The Discovery of Puerto Rico

This day marks the 524th anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico an island located in the Caribbean. On November 19, 1493, Christoper Columbus goes ashore on this island. He named it San Juan Bautista. It was later renamed to Puerto Rico which means “rich port”.

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The flag of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The white star represents the island. The blue color represents the sky and its coastal waters. The two white stripes represent peace and victory  while the three red stripes represent the blood of its brave warriors.

The island was claimed for the Spanish Empire on Christoper Columbus’ second voyage. The four centuries of Spanish colonial government in the island has influenced its cultural landscape. On 1898 following the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico was acquired by the United States of America under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

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Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)

On June 11, 2017, a referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico was held. The referendum had three options: US Statehood, independence, or maintaining the current political status of the island. 97% of the voters voted for US Statehood.

Last September 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico causing devastating damage. The electrical grid of the island was destroyed with repairs that might take months to complete.

 

 

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