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The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an archipelago, located in the northeastern Caribbean. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States of American and is situated east of the Dominican Republic and west of United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
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Puerto rico News and Updates

  • Maria, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated the island of Dominica is moving ahead towards the islands of Montserrat, Puerto Rico & U.S. & British Virgin Islands. It is being speculated that the powerful hurricane has caused excessive damage on the island of Dominica. It is also being said that Puerto Rico could face its worst storm in over a century, such is the intensity of Maria. Hurricane Maria currently is packed with winds of up to 160mph and is bringing heavy rains to the islands where it's passing through. The communication lines are still out of order in Dominica post Maria's destruction. The USNHC has said that while the windspeed of the hurricane could vary between a category 4 and 5 limite, the storm is still very dangerouos and pose a serious threat to life. Maria is also likely to hit the island of St. Kitts & Nevis on the day of their independence from the British Rule. Officials of the British Virgin Islands & St. Kitts & Nevis have quoted that they're preparing for the worst. More details awaited.
09:19 AM, September 19, 2017 (PST)
  • As Hurricane Maria moves up ahead along the Caribbean Islands after wreaking havoc on Dominica with Guadeloupe being the next island in it's path, the British Virgin Islands has imposed a curfew in place in view of the oncoming catastrophe. The island was already struck by Irma less than two weeks ago and now it is bound to be hit by another behemoth, Maria. The governor of British Virgin Islands said that the debris from the destruction caused by Irma hasn't been cleared yet and with another super-storm arriving to batter the island, the lying debris could cause way more destruction than the hurricane can do on its own. Also, the debris poses a serious threat to life too. The government and people are doing everything in their capacity to clear as much debris as they can to minimise the damage. Meanwhile, the USNHC has upgraded Maria back to a Category 5 storm. Earlier it was downgraded to a Category 4 storm with windspeeds of up to 155 Mph but apparently the hurricane has picked up strength from the Ocean currents and has regained it's power back. More details awaited.
01:54 AM, September 19, 2017 (PST)
  • Latest reports by the Trinidad & Tobago Weather Center states that the island of Guadeloupe, the french governed territory is most likely to escape the wrath of the Category 4 Hurricane Maria as the eye of the storm is moving in the South-West direction. It however also said, that the French governed island won't be spared of the ranis and winds caused by the eye wall of the storm. People on the island of Guadeloupe can expect heavy rainfall and wind blasts. Guadeloupe is facing rains, and windespeeds of up to 68 Mph. The islands to be affected by Maria have already been issued warnings and have been made aware of the situations in the aftermath of the storm which includes falsh-floods, mudslides, deluge and other calamities. Hurricane Maria is next headed to the British governed territory of Montserrat. More details awaited.
11:13 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)
  • Maria, the Hurricane which was a Category 5 when it hit Dominica, has now been downgraded to a Category 4 by the USNHC. The windspeeds have fallen from a whopping 160 Mph to 155 Mph which is still gravely dangerous and pose a serious threat to life and property. The storm which is right now hovering over the Atlantic Ocean is expected to make its next contact with the land on the island of Guadeloupe, a French governed territory. Maria is expected to reach the island soon and by 20:00 Hrs tonight people are advised not to step out of their safe havens. Lashes of rain and winds have already announced their arrival on the island. More details awaited.
10:32 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)
  • The Caribbean Islands are living their worst nightmares right now. It was a week ago that Hurricane Irma battered the islands and left them completely devastated rendering people homeless and inflicting damages in billions and now Maria is here to incur wrath upon them. Just a Tropical Storm until a couple of days ago, the Hurricane gained strength over the Atlantic currents (Thanks to Climate Change) and now, if reports are to be believed, it has transformed into a mammoth of a hurricane bearing the tag of a Category 5. It is being said that Maria has made a landfall on the island of Dominica. It is the first time that Dominica is hit by a Category 5 hurricane.The island has suffered huge losses. Maria is now moving away from Dominica and is headed to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and is expected to traverse through the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, U.s. & British Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques. More details awaited.


  • Hurricane Maria intensifies to Category 3 hours before landfall as it took aim at Puerto Rico and islands left in ruins by Hurricane Irma, hurling maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.


  • Tropical storm Maria, which modified into a hurricane on Sunday afternoon, is heading towards the Caribbean islands. As per reports, it is a category 1 storm and has wind speeds of 85 mph. The storm is currently around 100 miles northeast of Barbados.
10:16 PM, September 18, 2017 (PST)

Puerto Rico History

Puerto Rico was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 19, 1493, during his 2nd voyage to the New World. He named it San Juan Bautista. Upon his arrival on the island, Columbus was met with peaceful and friendly Taino or Arawak Indians who shared their food and homes with him and his men.
In 1508, Juan Ponce de Leon colonized Borinquen and became Puerto Rico's first governor. The Spaniards had an exploitative agenda on the islands and made slaves of the Indians in their search for gold. The island remained undeveloped until 1830, when sugar and other plantations were built, coinciding with the arrival of African slaves.

Many families from Europe came to the region and married Taino Indians, creating a new ethnic group called the Criollos.

Upon pressure from the nationalist locals for independence, the region was granted self-government by the Spanish in 1897. However, during the Spanish-American War in 1898, the United States invaded Puerto Rico and Spain surrendered. Puerto Rico then became a United States territory.

Under the Jones Act of 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted American citizenship. In 1952, Puerto Rico's Constitution established self-governance.

Puerto Rico has since fought to make the region a US state but its political status remains to be that of a US territory.

Geography of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Northern Atlantic Ocean. It is found to the east of the Dominican Republic and to the West of the Virgin Islands.

It is an archipelago consisting of the mainland plus other smaller islands such as the Culebra, Mona, Vieques, Desecho, and Caja de Muertos. Vieques andCulebra are the only two smaller islands that are inhabited throughout the year.

A few other smaller islands are also a part of Puerto Rico, which are the Monito islet and La Isleta de San Juan, where the historic Old San Juan is found. These smaller islands are connected to the mainland by bridges.

Puerto Rico has a republican form of government, with powers that are subject to the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the United States. The head of state is the President of the US and the head of government is the country's Governor.

The territory has 3 branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. Executive power is exercised by the Governor and Legislative power is exercised by the bicameral legislature, which is the Legislative Assembly. The Governor and the legislators of senators and representatives are elected into office by popular vote.

Puerto Rico Travel

Puerto Rico is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Caribbean. US citizens don't need a passport to travel to the islands, its official languages are English and Spanish, and the official currency is also the US dollar, which make the islands very accessible for travelers.

Puerto Rico is known for its beaches and there's never a lack of great beaches to spend the day. Among the most secluded and unspoiled is Flamenco Beach in Culebrita on the island of Culebra. It can only be reached by water taxi or private boat and it's less crowded than the star attraction beaches found all around Puerto Rico's main island.

Another beach with a laid-back atmosphere is Sandy Beach on the western coast. It has the best surf breaks on the archipelago and it's considered to be the best beach for swimming.

For the most charming and romantic destination in Puerto Rico, the best place to go is Old San Juan. It is packed with colonial architecture, cultural offerings, an abundance of shops, museums, open-air cafes, plazas, and historic places. The most popular is the Castillo de San Felipe del Morro or famously known as El Morro. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Fort that protected the island for many years from invaders. It sits on a hill that overlooks the ocean, and it's filled with cannons facing the sea, old barracks, dungeons, and rooms that represent Puerto Rico's military history.

Puerto Rico Education

Education is free and compulsory in Puerto Rico for students aged 5-18. Education is divided into 3 levels: primary, secondary, and high level.

The territory's literacy rate is 94.1% and over 60% of the population have a high school education. However, among students who enter high school, about 40% of them drop out and never finish.

Homeschooling is legal in Puerto Rico but it is neither regulated or legislated.

Puerto Rico Trivia
  • Rum is the island's chief export and 70% of the rum sold in the US are from Puerto Rico. The legal drinking age on the islands is 18.
  • Temperatures on the islands range from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.
  • Although Puerto Rico is a US territory, they compete separately in the Miss Universe pageant and have won a total of 5 times. They also compete in the Olympics where they have won a total of 6 gold medals.


Municipalities in Puerto Rico

Aguas Buenas29,0327830
Cabo Rojo46,91118571
Juana Diaz50,53115861
Las Marias11,06111946
Las Piedras34,4858633
Rio Grande52,36215961
Sabana Grande25,9359336
San German37,10514054
San Juan434,37412247
San Lorenzo40,99713954
San Sebastian44,20418471
Santa Isabel21,6658934
Toa Alta63,9297127
Toa Baja94,0856224
Trujillo Alto75,7285421
Vega Alta37,9107328
Vega Baja61,92912147
78 municipalities3,808,6108,8913,429
Note  : - Population: 2000-04-01 census.

This page was last updated on: September 19th, 2017

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