Learn About the History of Puerto Rico Before Visiting
Introduction to the History of Puerto Rico is the gathering of information about an American Story – both interesting and inspirational to people that want to support this wonderful interlaced community!
In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty took effect on April 11, 1899.
Many local people I’ve met have expressed mixed-feelings about the status of Puerto Rico as US Territory or a potential US State. – Mark
History of Puerto Rico / USA
Puerto Ricans are by law citizens of the United States and may move freely between the island and the mainland. As it is not a state, Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the United States Congress, which governs the territory with full jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950.
Indigenous People History of Puerto Rico
Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, the island was claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage. Later it endured invasion attempts from the French, Dutch, and British. Four centuries of Spanish colonial government influenced the island’s cultural landscapes with waves of African slaves, Canarian, and Andalusian settlers. In the Spanish Empire, Puerto Rico played a secondary, but strategic role when compared to wealthier colonies like Peru and the mainland parts of New Spain.
The Capitol of Puerto Rico
Safety-first Bike Rental
Who likes to ride bikes safely in San Juan Puerto Rico?