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

Who likes to ride bikes safely in San Juan Puerto Rico?

Choosing a World-Class Beach Cruiser Bicycle and Meeting Dave Weiner (again) from Priority Bicycles



Meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

… chronicling major development in our journey to become the best-run and most socially-connected bike rental and bike tour business in Puerto Rico – and the world. The following is a brief summary and our story of meeting Dave Weiner & Priority Bikes – July 2018.

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Priority Bicycles Carbon Fiber No-Chain Bikes

Priority Bicycles Makes Amazing Modern Premium Unique Carbon Fiber Belt-driven Bicycles

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Dave Weiner & Priority Bicycles

I briefly met Dave Weiner as a competitor in 2016, at the meeting at The Citadel in Central Park to publicly review the Central Park Bike Rental Concession (RFP).

After leading the winning effort and acquiring the exclusive 6-year contract for bicycle rental inside Central Park and NYC Parks; Dave contacted me about the possibility of purchasing a fleet of Priority Bicycles for Bike Rent NYC. I researched the bicycles and his local NYC-based business, and realized that these high-quality bikes would offer better ROI over a two-year period (or longer), as opposed to churning the fleet annually with less-expensive bicycles. I expressed this conclusion to the owner of Bike Rent NYC but he decided against the purchase.

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Dave and I stayed connected on LinkedIn, and once again spoke in 2017. I had called Dave for a quote when writing the business plan and proposal for a real-estate and management company that was considering sponsoring a bike share program in Connecticut. The plan featured Priority Bicycles and accessories, and the implementation of a cutting-edge Dockless Bike Share technology from Donkey Republic – based in Copenhagen.

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Today we met 1-1 and in-person for the first time at the showroom located at 175 Hudson in New York City. I was very impressed with the big windows and large open minimalist space, it was more like a Soho Art Gallery than what I expect from a bicycle showroom. The difference was that the variety of Priority Bicycles were the art pieces displayed. A central kitchen and bar are near the entrance and there were no visible desks or cubicles.

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Talking Bikes with Dave Weiner

Dave and I “talked bikes” as I am considering Priority Bicycles and the primary supplier for the beach bike rental fleet I need to acquire for service in Juan, Puerto Rico – launching in 2019.

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Dave’s internal marketing and PR are phenomenal, he and Priority Bikes are often featured in the press: Why This CEO Quit His Job to Pursue a Childhood Dream (

We also discussed-agreed that…

 “a technology background is a distinct competitive advantage for any small businesses, and that the advantage extends through production, operations, and sales and marketing”.

As a successful small business owner (SBO) and the former CEO of an International Software Company, Dave has unique insight.

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The next step is to test the Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle. I’ll post the results on this blog when ready.

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Thank you for reading, Mark

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Priority Coast Beach Cruiser Bicycle

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Best Beaches in San Juan Puerto Rico

best beaches in san juan puerto rico

Best Beaches in San Juan Puerto Rico

You will have to determine your favorite destination from among the best beaches in San Juan Puerto Rico… when you get here. Please send me any questions, comments or images. Share this page or content at will!

San Juan local citizens (and anyone) with opinions about which are the best beaches in San Juan Puerto Rico, please share 1-1 by calling (787) 487-0007.

Five Best Beaches NOT actually in San Juan Puerto Rico

Isla Verde Beach – Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Flamenco Beach – Culebra, Puerto Rico.

Pozo de Teodoro – Isabela, Puerto Rico.

La Playuela (Playa Sucia), Cabo Rojo.

Domes Beach – Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Gilligan’s Island – Guanica, PR.


San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city, sits on the island’s Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks including El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive fortresses with sweeping ocean views, as well as the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade.