Puerto Rico

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Geography

Puerto Rico consists of one large island and other smaller islands. The main island is mostly mountainous and has large coastal areas to the North and South. It has 17 lakes all of which are man made and also have 50 rivers. The South gets less rain than the north. Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Population

Most of Puerto Rico is white (75.8%) and 12.4% are black or African American. Puerto Rico's primary language is Spanish and less than 10% of it's population speaks English. Their primary religion being Roman Catholicism.

Culture

The people of Puerto Rico are mostly Christian. The architecture found throughout the island represents the Spanish colonial architecture. Puerto Rican art is influenced by its ethnically diverse background, which is it's tribal history and Christianity. Puerto Rican literature evolved from oral storytelling to what it is now.

Politics

Puerto Rico has 8 senatorial districts, 40 representative districts and 78 municipalities. It has a republican form of government with separation of powers subject to the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United States. Its current powers are subject to the United States Congress and lack the protection of the United States Constitution.

Tourism

Tourism in Puerto Rico attracted 4.2 million visitors in 2013. Tourism has been a money revenue industry for a matter of decades. If you are a United States citizen means that traveling to Puerto Rico does not require a passport. This is a reason why it receives as many tourists each year. Another reason is that Puerto Rico is a beautiful island with fantastic beaches, forests , mountains, cities, and rivers.

History

Puerto Rico was found by Christopher Columbus in 1493 during his second voyage. Was used as a trade a port and imported slaves. It left Spain's rule after the Spanish American War in 1898 and was absorbed as an American commonwealth. In 1950 there were independence revolts and the leaders were caught.
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