S: Puerto Rico
FC: Puerto Rico | The geography | By Laak Shields
1: Geography | Geography- Covering 5,324 square miles and Puerto Rico is about the same size as the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Its territory includes the islands of Cerebra, Vieques, Desecheo, and Mona. The waters between Isla Mona (Mona Island) and the capital, San Juan, form a key shipping lane for vessels heading to the Panama Canal. San Juan has one of the Caribbean's best natural ports.
4: History | The indigenous Taíno people were living in Puerto Rico when Columbus arrived in 1493. He named the island San Juan Bautista and claimed the island for Spain at that time, but colonization did not begin in earnest until 1508. The Spanish introduced slavery and diseases that decimated the indigenous population. In 1511, thousands of Taíno were killed and thousands more fled the island after a failed revolt. European people began to import African slaves in 1513. Slavery was not abolished until 1873.
5: Culture | Population-Puerto Rico's population of nearly 4 million grows at an average yearly rate of about 0.25 percent. Migration rates generally fluctuate relative to the strength of the U.S. economy. Lifestyle-The most commonly eaten main meal is beans and rice. Puerto Ricans also like the taste of Goya drinks such as multa Goya, Goya soda and so much more.
6: culture | Puerto Rico claims about 85 percent of the population as members. Most of the remainder belong to various Protestant and other Christian churches, and their numbers are growing. Economy- Since World War II, industrialization and duty-free trade with the United States have produced a economy in what used to be a poor, agrarian-dominated island. Only 3 percent of the population is now engaged in agriculture; 20 percent works in the industrial sector. Government-As commonwealth citizens, Puerto Ricans do not pay federal income tax and do not vote in U.S. national elections, but they do elect their own officials. They are subject to the draft and receive partial welfare benefits.