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Puerto Ricans love to spend their free time cock fighting. It is actually the most popular pastime on the island. It is so popular in fact, every town has its own coliseum built for rooster fights.  This cockfighting is considered to be a ‘gentleman’s sport’ and is legal unlike a lot of the US. In 2007 it was made completely legal all over the island.

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Coquí is the common name for several species of small frogs endemic to the island of Puerto Rico, onomatopoeically named for the loud sound males of two species make at night, the common coqui and the mountain coqui. The coquí is one of the most common frogs in the island of Puerto Rico. Many different species of small frogs create the family of the coquí.

More than 16 different species live in the island, 13 of which occur in the Caribbean National Forest. Other species of this genus can be found around the world: in Central and South America; and the Caribbean.

Coquís belong to the Eleutherodactylus genus which in Greek means free toes. Eleutherodactylus contains over 700 different species that occur in the southern United States including Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

The unofficial mascot of Puerto Rico is the coquí. This kind of frog is only like an inch long and is found in Puerto Rico. It's high-pitched chirp can be heard for miles. The coquís can sing from dusk till dawn. The coqui has become the species which controls the population of herbivorous insects. More than 16 different species of this frog live in the island.

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Weather During This Time of the Year in the Capital City

Weather During This Time of the Year in the Capital City | Puerto Rico, Brianna Fox | Scoop.it

December is usually good weather. It can get a bit wet at times though. The low is only about in the 70's and the high is in the 80's. The water temperature is about 80 degrees F. The average rainfaill amount in December is about 4.5 inches of rain.

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Important People

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Maria Bibiana Benitez was born on December 10, 1783 and was known to be one of the first women poets in Puerto Rico. In 1832, Maria published her first poem, "La Ninfa de Puerto Rico".

Felipe Birriel was the tallest man in Puerto Rico reaching up to seven foot eleven inches tall.

Mariana Bracetti was a patriot and leader of the Puerto Rico independence movement in the 1860's. She was believed to have crafted the first Puerto Rican flag design.

Ramon Irizarry Lopez came up with the "Coco Lopez" and soon became the basis for the Pina Colada drink in 1954.


 

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Timeline

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The first inhabitants of Puerto Rico are the Taino, hunter-gatherers who live in small villages led by chief in 1000 A.D. In 1513 African slaves are brought by the Spanish to work in the gold mines. Coffee arrives on the island in 1736 and by 1776, it is an important export. Free trade is established between Puerto Rico and the U.S. in 1900. In 1917 Puerto Rico is declared a U.S. territory and citizenship is conferred on Puerto Ricans. President Harry S. Truman appoints the island's first Puerto Rican governor, Jesús T. Piñero in 1946. And in 1991, Puerto Rico declares Spanish the only official language of the island.

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Typical Crops/Agriculture

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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

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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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President or Leader

Luis Guillermo Fortuño Burset (born October 31, 1960) is the current governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States of America. Fortuño is also the president of Puerto Rico's "Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP)" (New Progressive Party), a member of the Republican National Committee, serves as president of the Council of State Governments during 2012 and served as president of the Southern Governors Association from 2011 to 2012.[2] On June 26, 2011 he announced his plans to run for reelection. He was defeated in the 2012 Elections by Alejandro Garcia Padilla.[3]

In the 1990s, Fortuño served as the first Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and as the President of the Puerto Rico Hotel Development Corporation during the administration of Pedro Rosselló.

In 2003 Fortuño won the 2004 PNP nomination for Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in primaries against former Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, former Senate President Charlie Rodriguez and then senator Miriam Ramírez de Ferrer. He was then elected Resident Commissioner in 2004, defeating Senator Roberto Prats. Fortuño represented Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2009 in the United States House of Representatives, and served as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, a Member of the newly created United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs and co-chair, with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), of the Friends of Spain Caucus.

Luis Guillermo Fortuno Burset is the current governor of Puerto Rico. He was born October 31, 1960. Fortuno is also the president of the New Progressive Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, serves as president of the Council of States Governments in 2012, and served as president of the Southern Governors Association. He announced his plans to run again in June 2011. He was defeated by Alejandro Garcia Padilla in the 2012 elections. Fortuno holds the place of being the first republican to be elected governor of Puerto Rico since 1969. He is the second to be elected since 1949.

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Area

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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 Country

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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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Country Name and Capital

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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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Third Additional Topic That Interested Me

Third Additional Topic That Interested Me | Puerto Rico, Brianna Fox | Scoop.it

The island is about 7 miles long and 4 miles wide and its shape looks like that of a lima bean. The island has no permanent inhabitants, except by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources. The Mona Iguana is found nowhere else in the world except on this island. It is considered the most spectacular single form of life on the island

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This is a list of notable Puerto Ricans which includes people who were born in Puerto Rico, people who are of full or partial Puerto Rican ancestry, and many long-term residents and/or immigrants of other ethnic heritages who have made Puerto Rico their home, and who are recognized for their life and/or work.

The list is divided into categories and in some cases sub-categories which best describe the field for which the subject is most noted. Some categories such as "Actors, actresses, comedians and directors" are relative since a subject who is a comedian may also be an actor or director. In some cases a subject may be notable in more than one field such as "Luis A. Ferré" who is notable as a former "governor" and as an "industrialist". However, the custom is to place the subject's name under the field for which he/she is most noted.

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I was shocked to find out how many people were from Puerto Rican decent that were famous. People from Victoria Justice to Joaquin Phoenix. And from Naya Rivera to Freddie Prinze, Jr. Did you know Freddie Prinze, Jr. was Puerto Rican, because I didn't until I saw this list. Turns out his grandma is Puerto Rican. Who knew.... 

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Tourist Attractions

Old San Juan is one of the oldest settlements within Puerto Rico.

El Morro is one of the most famous monuments in Puerto Rico. It is a sixteenth century fort list with beautiful towers and tunnels.

El Yunque Rainforest is the only rainforest in the US service system. It has 28,000 acres of gorgeous forest is Nature's paradise.

San Juan Cemetery is the resting place for famous people from the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Puerto Rico is synonymous with great beaches. Seven Seas Beach is among the best with soft sand and palm trees waiting to greet you here.

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Important Holiday

Three Kings Day in celebrated on January 6th. It is a Latin celebration that marks the date of the three kings who followed a star to find their way to Christ Jesus. It marks the official end of the Christmas season in the Latin Culture. Kids gather in and do plays and skits and sings songs in cathederals in New York to celebrate. It shows the markings of re-birth.

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Industries Important to Country

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The three main industries of Puerto Rico are agriculture, tourism and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Since Puerto Rico is a part of the US, they cannot export things to other countries without our consent. But every year people from the big science companies are going to Puerto Rico to hire their best univeristy students, some of which are NASA and the Armed Forces. Puerto Rico does make a lot of appearl that includes military uniforms and outside wear. They also make some medical devices like hearing aides and pace makers.

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Typical 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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Type of Government

This list of Governors of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Gobernador de Puerto Rico) includes all persons who have held that post, either under Spanish or American rule. The Governor of Puerto Rico is the Head of Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The position was first established by the Spanish Empire during the 16th century following the archipelago's colonization.

The first person to officially occupy the position was Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León on 1509. At the time, the Spanish monarchy was responsible for appointing the functionary who would perform this office. The first native Puerto Rican to perform the function was Juan Ponce de León II, as interim governor in 1579. During this administration, all of those appointed to take the position had served another function within the empire's government or the Roman Catholic Church. In 1898, the United States invaded Puerto Rico and the Spanish government ceded control of the island to the United States. During the first two years, the entire government in Puerto Rico was appointed by the President of the United States. In 1900, the American government approved the establishment of the Foraker Act as a federal law, this act established a civilian government in the island. In 1947, the federal Elective Governor Act was enacted, which created a new system where, since 1948, the governor is elected through a democratic process every four years. The governor is in charge of Puerto Rico's executive branch and is responsible for appointing executive branch agency heads, including the Secretary of State, who fulfills the role of lieutenant governor, the legislative branch's Ombudsman and Comptroller and all judges in the judicial branch.

When the Spanish Empire colonized Puerto Rico during the 16th century, the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León established himself as the island's first governor replacing Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, who was appointed to take the position of Captain General of the City of Puerto Rico prior to the island's colonization but never performed this function.[1] During this time period, the Spanish monarchy was in charge of appointing the governor of Puerto Rico, the person selected was in charge of the island's development and wealth and was responsible for reporting the colony's status to the Spanish Empire. After 1580 the Captaincy General of Puerto Rico was established, and the office of captain general was added to the governor.

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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Currency & Exchange Rate

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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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Population and Racial Demographics

Population and Racial Demographics | Puerto Rico, Brianna Fox | Scoop.it

The population of Puerto Rico is 10 million people. There are 5,000,000 Afro Puerto Ricans worldwide. 52% of the population is Mulatoo and Mixed Amerindian. 30% of the population is European. And 20% is Black and Amerindian.

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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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