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Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States.  It is located in the northeastern Caribbean.  It is only 100 miles long and 35 miles wide.  It is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles.  It has a very dinamic economy ranging from agriculture to pharmecueticals to electronics.  Its capital is the city of San Juan.  Its climate is mild compared to most tropical ilsands but still hotter than North America.  It uses US Currency and is mostly hispanic.  The National Anthem is La Borniquena.  Its official Languages are Spanish and English.  Its government is a Democracy, Republic.  The Total area is 9,104 Square kilometers or 3,515 square miles.

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Tourist Attractions

Puerto Rico is full of tourists attractions.  There are great beaches.  There are dense forrest full of wildlife.  There are many new unseen cultures.  There are great cities.  There are many other attractions like good food, great hotels, and many new buildings in the cities.

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Important Holiday

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Puerto Rican Day is also known as the Puerto Rican Constitution Day. This holiday celebrates the Constitution of Puerto Rico. It is celebrated many ways. One of these ways is the parade. This holiday is on July 25th.

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Puerto Rico Economy

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Manufacturing is one of the main industries in Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico has started to manufactue more pharmacueticals, chemicals, and machinery.  Another main industry in Puerto Rico is tourinsm.  Puerto Rico is a big vacation and travel spot.  Puerto Rico is also known for it's agricultural industry. 

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Typical Puerto Rican Food

Quesito's are a type of cream cheese pastry, sort of like an American danish. You take a Puff Pastry sheet and you lay it on tin foil, then roll it out with a rolling pin. Next you start on the filling. You take regular cream cheese and put it in a bowl, then add around 3/4 to a cup of sugar, and you can add vanilla for flavoring. Set that aside and bring back out the pastry sheet. Take a pizza cutter and cut 3 rows and 3 columns, or however many you can make with one sheet. Take your filling and put about 1-2 spoonfuls of it into each square. After filling you will take 2 diagonal corners and fold one over and then the other one over it and brush it with a little bit of the egg white. After rolling all of them, transfer them to a sprayed oven sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes on 350 degrees.

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Government of Puerto Rico

The government of Puerto Rico is a republican form of government[1] subject to the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United States.[2]Article I of the Constitution of Puerto Rico defines the government and its political power and authority—pursuant to U.S. Pub.L. 82-447 due to Puerto Rico's political status as a commonwealth of the United States. Ultimately, the powers of the government of Puerto Rico are all delegated by the United States Congress and lack full protection under the United States Constitution. Because of this, the head of state of Puerto Rico is the President of the United States; currently Barack Obama.

The government is composed of three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The executive branch is headed by the Governor, currently Luis Fortuño, who is also the head of government. The legislative branch consists of a bicameral Legislative Assembly made up by the Senate as its upper house and the House of Representatives as its lower house. The governor and legislators are elected by popular vote every four years.

The judicial branch is headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico; currently Federico Hernández Denton. The legal system is a mix of the civil law and the common law systems. Members of the judicial branch are appointed by the governor with advice and consent from the Senate.

The governor's of Puerto Rico go all the way back to the 1500's when Juan Ponce de Leon first came around. Leon replaced Vicente Yanez Pinzon, who afterward was appointed the position of Captain General of the City of Puerto Rico. In 1900, Willian McKinley signed the Foraker Act which established a civilian government on Puerto Rico. This system was in use until 1948. Now whenever elections are held, the winner must win by plurality vote and not majority. Whomever the winner is will then take their place on January second.

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Puerto Rico Currency Exchange Rates

Puerto Rico is a part of the United States. Since that is so, Puerto Rico does not have a different currency than we do.The currency used there is the American dollar, printed and coined under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Treasury. There is also no exchange rate since we do have the same currency.

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Area of Puerto Rico

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The island is approximately 90 miles wide in an east-west direction and 30 miles wide between the north and south coasts. While the coasts of Puerto Rico are flat, the interior is mountainous. The tallest mountain, Cerro de Punta, is in the middle of the island and it is 4,389 feet high. About 8% of the land is arable for agriculture. Droughts and hurricanes are the biggest natural hazards.

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Flag of Puerto Rico

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The star represents the the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The triangle it sits inside shows the equality of each of the three branches of government, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The three red bands represent the bloodshed that allowed for the division of power of the government between the branches.The white strips originally stood for victory and peace after independence, but when the flag was adopted in 1952, they were changed to stand for the new republican government. The blue can vary from dark blue to light blue.

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Map of Country

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Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. According to archaeologists, the island's first inhabitants were the Ortoiroid people, dating to around 2000 BC. They were followed by the Igneri people from South America around 120 AD. The pre-Columbian Taino culture began to develop on the island in the 7th century. It is thought that the Taínos are relatives of the Arawak people of South America.

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Weather during this time of year in the capital city

In Puerto Rico the weather changes very little from season to season.  In the winter the average temperatures on the coast in about 69 degrees Farenheit.  In the mountains the winter temperature is about 55 degrees Farenheit.  The weather in Puerto Rico is very different from other tropic areas.  It does not get as hot in Puerto Rico. Sometimes the temperatures gets up into the upper 90s and even over 100 but not often. 

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Important People

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The first Puerto Rican Professional athlete to perform in the United States was Roberto Clemente.  Clemente was a Professional baseball player.  He was tragically killed in a plane crash taking supplies to the coast of Puerto Rico after an earthquake.  He was elected to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.  

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Puerto Rico Timeline

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In the 1493 Christopher Columbus found the island and claimed it for Spain. In 1873 Spain abolishes slavery and Puerto Rico is given representation in Spanish Government. In 1902 The United States declares Puerto Rico a territory of The United States. In 1917 Puerto Ricans are granted U.S. citizenship. Puerto Rico becomes self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.

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Major Crops in Puerto Rico

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   There was a time when the mayor crop of Puerto Rico was the sugar cane. Now a days you dont see those large cane.
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Religion of Puerto Rico

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In Puerto Rico, they have freedom of religion just as we do. Christianity is the top religion. Of the Christians, 85% of them proclaim to be Catholic. There are also quite a large amount of Pentacostals and Adventists. Of the non - christians, there are small amounts of Muslims and Jews. Some Puerto Ricans also practice a carribean religion called Santaria that originated in Cuba.

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Govener of Puerto Rico

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Fortuño is also the president of Puerto Rico's "Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP)" (New Progressive Party)

He is a member of the Republican National Committee

Serves as president of the Council of State Governments during 2012

Served as president of the Southern Governors Association from 2011 to 2012.

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Puerto Rico and San Juan

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San Juan is the oldest city on US territory. It was founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León, who named it City of Puerto Rico or "Rich Port". During his second voyage, Christoper Columbus landed on the island and named it San Juan Bautista in honour of John the Baptist. It wasn't until 1508 that Juan Ponce de León was appointed the first governor of the island. Sometime during the 1520s, confusion between the two names led to a switch in which the island took the name of Puerto Rico and the town became San Juan.

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