Introduction to the History of Puerto Rico

History of Puerto Rico

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.[25] 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 slavesCanarian, 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.[22][23]


The Capitol of Puerto Rico

Capital of Puerto Rico
Capitolio_de_Puerto_Rico Wikipedia Creative Commons


Safety-first Bike Rental

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Who Is Liana Fiol Matta?


Who Is Liana Fiol Matta?

Liana Fiol Matta was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, serving from April 11, 2014 to February 1, 2016.

 Liana Fiol Matta born 1946) is a Puerto Rican jurist and formerly the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Fiol was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and is the second woman in Puerto Rican history to serve in the highest court of the island as well as being the second woman to hold the post of Chief Justice.

Miriam Naveira de Merly was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico as well as the first female Chief Justice.

Brief Biography of Liana Fiol Matta

Fiol received her Law degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Magna Cum Laude, and later her Masters and Doctorate degree from Columbia University. She was a law professor in Puerto Rico during the 1980s until she was appointed Judge of the Court of Appeals of Puerto Rico by Governor Rafael Hernández Colón. She held that seat until 2003, when Governor Sila Calderónappointed her to the Supreme Court. She was confirmed by the Senate and began her duties on February, 2004. At present besides being an Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, she is a Tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. On April 11, 2014, Fiol Matta became the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, after being nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla, thus succeeding Federico Hernández Denton as court chief justice. Served as Chief Justice until her retirement on February 1, 2016.

Justice Fiol Matta was perceived as the leading liberal voice in the Puerto Rican high court ntil her retirement.

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