Puerto Rico

Allison Watson

Political Conflict in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is territory of the US, but is not incorporated with the US. Puerto Rico does not have independence since they are territory of the US. There is an ongoing conflict about whether Puerto Rico should become an independent country or stay part of the US. The currency used in Puerto Rico is the US currency. The representative animal is the common coqui. The main sport in Puerto Rico is baseball. The current population is 3,674,209 people and the capital is San Juan.

Interesting Places

El Yunque- El Tunque is the only tropical rain forest in US and has some of the largest mountains.

Castillo- Castillo is a Spanish fort in San Juan that was built by Spain to protect themselves against land based attacks.

Arecibo Observatory- Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope in Arecibo that is operated by SRI International and is the world's largest single-aperture telescope.

La Ceiba de Ponce- La Ceiba de Ponce is a park in Ponce. The center piece of the park is a Ceiba tree which is associated with the founding of the city.

El Morro- El Morro is a fort that stands guard at the entrance of San Juan harbor as a reminder of a by-gone era when invading countries would attempt sea attacks to take the city.

Music, Dancing, People, and Food in Puerto Rico

The two most popular types of dancing and music in Puerto Rico are bomba and plena. Marc Anthony is an actor and singer, Jennifer Lopez is an actress, singer, and a dancer, and Eva LaRue is an actress. All three are originally from Puerto Rico and are very well known for their acting, singing, and dancing. Three popular foods in Puerto Rico are tostones, pernil, and pasta de guayaba. Tostones are fried plantains that are mashed and then fried again. Pernil is roasted pork shoulder. Pasta de guayba is a desert that is made of guava and sugar that is usually packaged in flat metal cans.