Puerto Rico

Interesting Things About Puerto Rico

Government

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and it is also a commonwealth. Puerto Rico is not a state. Puerto Rican's are subject to most U.S. federal laws, they do not however have representation in congress.


Facts About Puerto Rico

The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan. This island may seem small but has close to 4 million residents as of 2011. The Puerto Rican currency is the same as the U.S. they are on the dollar system due to the fact that they are a territory of the U.S. Puerto Ricos favorite sport is baseball. Also Their representative animal is the Coqui which is a type of frog.


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Interesting Places

There are many interesting places in Puerto Rico. One place is El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the United States. Next we have Castillo de San Cristoba a historic Spanish fort. Then we have Arecibo observatory the site of the worlds largest single dish telescope. Moving on we have the La Ceiba de Ponce in English the Ceiba Tree Park. This park is centered around a 500 year old Ceiba tree. ( to the right is the Arecibo Observatory )


Music and Dance

There are two main types of dance in Puerto Rico. The first is the Salsa which combines fast paced rhythm with big band sound. the second is Bomba y Plena described as a rhythmic duel between drummer and dancer.


Foods

Puerto Rican food is a blend of many cultures. A signature dish is fried plantains known as tostones. Puerto Rico is also famous for their pork pernil or pork shoulder is a common dish


Famous Puerto Ricans