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Puerto Rico, also known as “Boriken” and The Enchanted Island
Population-3,978,702 (July 2010)
Main Language: Spanish
Taino Indians who inhabited the territory, called the island Boriken or Boriquen which means: “the great land of the valiant and noble Lord’ or “land of the great lords”. On November 19, 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered the island in his second voyage to the New World. Originally the newcomers called the island San Juan Bautista, for St. John the Baptist add the town Puerto Rico because of its obvious excellent potentialities. It was not until later that the two names were switched. Thanks in part to the enthusiasm of ambitious Juan Ponce de Leon, quickly became Spain’s most important military outpost in the Caribbean.
On December 10, 1898, the treaty of Paris was signed, treaty concluding the Spanish-American War. Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, ceded Guam and Puerto Rico and its dependent islets to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States for $20,000.000.
The most popular places to visit while in Puerto Rico, in my opinion, are: San Juan, Ponce, Luquillo, and my native Arecibo. If you travel to the island you have to check out our beaches. My favorite ones are the ones located in Arecibo, Lajas, and also Playa Sucia in Guanica and Crash boat in Aguadilla are a must see! Be aware of the crazy and dangerous currents, please listen to the locals when they give you advice about the currents. Every town in the island host a carnival, once a month, in honor of their patrons. It is part of the folklore, you can find music, artisans, and a lot of dancing in the town’s main square.
Our cuisine is amazing!!!! Pleas, forget about the diet and eat, eat, eat!!! We have plenty of dished to choose from. I will recommend plantains, mofongo, pastelillos and alcapurrias, because those are items you rarely find somewhere else. We also have delicious fruits such as guava, passion fruit, mangoes and any tropical fruit you can imagine.
Puerto Ricans are very passionate, we are also very friendly. We will speak to you even if we do not know you. We love to dance and have a good time.
I am sharing some of my personal pictures from our last trip to the island.
Old San Juan