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From the CIA. Puerto Rico Background: Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose to retain commonwealth status.

Economy Overview: Puerto Rico has one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region. A diverse industrial sector has far surpassed agriculture as the primary locus of economic activity and income. Encouraged by duty-free access to the US and by tax incentives, US firms have invested heavily in Puerto Rico since the 1950s. US minimum wage laws apply. Sugar production has lost out to dairy production and other livestock products as the main source of income in the agricultural sector. Tourism has traditionally been an important source of income, with estimated arrivals of nearly 5 million tourists in 2004. Growth fell off in 2001-03, largely due to the slowdown in the US economy, and has recovered in 2004-2005.

Location: Puerto Rico is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic. If Puerto Rico was one of the United States, it would be the 49th largest state, smaller than Connecticut, but larger than Delaware. The largest city and Capitol is San Jaun.

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Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands SCORE - Chapter 0200, located at 252 Ponce De Leon Avenue, Citibank Tower, Ste. 201, in San Juan. Phone 787-766-5572.

SBA Puerto Rico, SBA Puerto Rico District Office

El Puerto Rico Small Business Development Center (PR-SBDC), Puerto Rico Small Business Development Center (in Spanish)

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Puerto Rico Cities

Adjuntas Puerto Rico

Elevation 1998 feet
Adjuntas Weather & Forecast

Arecibo Puerto Rico

Elevation 36 feet
Arecibo Weather & Forecast

Arroyo Puerto Rico

Elevation 36 feet
Arroyo Weather & Forecast

Aguadilla Puerto Rico

Elevation 456 feet
Airport Code BQN
Municipio de Aguadilla

Universidad de Puerto Rico

Aguadilla Weather & Forecast

Bayamón Puerto Rico

Elevation 1089 feet
Municipio de Bayamón

Bayamón Weather & Forecast

Caguas Puerto Rico

Elevation 230 feet
Municipio Autónomo de Caguas

Caguas Weather & Forecast

Carolina Puerto Rico

Elevation 13 feet
Airport Code SJU
Carolina Weather & Forecast

Cataño Puerto Rico

Elevation 82 feet
Cataño Weather & Forecast

Cayey Puerto Rico

Elevation 1305 feet
Cayey Weather & Forecast

Cidra Puerto Rico

Elevation 1417 feet
Ciudad de Cidra

Cidra Fiestas y Costumbres

Cidra Weather & Forecast

Culebra Puerto Rico

Elevation 92 feet
Culebra Weather & Forecast

Fajardo Puerto Rico

Elevation 118 feet
Municipio de Fajardo

Fajardo Weather & Forecast

Guánica Puerto Rico

Elevation 20 feet
Guánica Weather & Forecast

Guayama Puerto Rico

Elevation 144 feet
Guayama Weather & Forecast

Guayanilla Puerto Rico

Elevation 259 feet
Guayanilla Weather & Forecast

Guaynabo Puerto Rico

Elevation 151 feet
Municipio Autónomo de Guaynabo

Guaynabo Weather & Forecast

Hormigueros Puerto Rico

Elevation 85 feet
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Humucao Puerto Rico

Elevation 164 feet
Humancao Weather & Forecast

Levittown Puerto Rico

Elevation 10 feet
Levittown Weather & Forecast

Mayagüez Puerto Rico

Elevation 85 feet
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

Mayagüez Weather & Forecast

Patillas Puerto Rico

Elevation 85 feet
Patillas Weather & Forecast

Ponce Puerto Rico

About 80 miles from San Juan, elevation 10 feet.
Airport Code PSE
Ponce Regional Airport
Municipio Autónomo de Ponce

Ponce Weather & Forecast

San Antonio Puerto Rico

Elevation 43 feet
San Antonio Weather & Forecast

San Juan Puerto Rico

Airport Code SJU
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
Fernando L. Ribas Dominicci (Isle Grande) Commercial Airport
San Juan, Ciudad Capital

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra / Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico

Museo de las Américas

San Juan Weather & Forecast

San Sebastian Puerto Rico

Elevation 243 feet
Ciudad de San Sebastian

San Sebastian Weather & Forecast

Santa Barbara Puerto Rico

Elevation 26 feet
Santa Barbara Weather & Forecast

Salinas Puerto Rico

Elevation 36 feet
Salinas Weather & Forecast

Trujillo Alto Puerto Rico

Elevation 174 feet
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Vega Alta Puerto Rico

Vega Alta is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Morovis and Corozal; east of Vega Baja; and west of Dorado.
Elevation 194 feet
Vega Baja Weather & Forecast

Vega Baja Puerto Rico

Elevation 72 feet
La Ciudad de Vega Baja, Municipio de Vega Baja

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Yabucoa Puerto Rico

Elevation 85 feet
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Puerto Rico History

Puerto Rico became a US self-governing commomwealth.

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