"Puerto Rico, the shinning star of the Caribbean" Puerto Rico by TamaulipecoBoricua

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Much has happened since July 25, 1898...

Yes, much has happened in Puerto Rico since July 25, 1898, when American Troops under the leadership of General Nelson Miles landed in our island with a contingent of sixteen thousand men. At that time Puerto Rico was a full fledged colony of Spain. Since the very discovery of the island by Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the New World on November 19th, 1493; and the arrival of the Spaniards under the leadership of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1508, Puerto Rico was a very oppressed territory. Our population had few rights, little opportunities and the island lived in misery. At that time Puerto Rico was named "the poor house of the Caribbean."

During these first one hundred years, the relationship of Puerto Rico with the United States has been of great significance and benefit to both. This relationship made possible the economic and political stability needed for economic development, made possible numerous federal programs, made possible our free trade with the rest of the nation, made possible our "Operation Bootstrap", made possible our Commonwealth Status, made possible our American citizenship, and made possible our rights and freedoms guaranteed under our Federal Constitution.

Today Puerto Rico is "the shinning star of the Caribbean". The island enjoys the highest per capita income in Latin America. Our "standards of living" or "quality of life" are unequaled in Latin America. We have the highest life expectancy in Latin America. Puerto Rico is one of the great tourist destinations in the world. Puerto Rico is the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals worldwide. The largest manufacturer of soft drink syrup is located here. The highest volume department stores, and highest volume stores of many retail chains are located in the island. Many scientific developments have been made in our island. Our island has been the birthplace of numerous world leaders in the fields of politics, sciences, sports, banking, government, economy, among others; most of whom received their education here in the island, now with residence in the United States and numerous countries throughout the world.

The success of the Puerto Rico of today is in the greatest part the result of what has happened in the last one hundred years in co-existence and working together with the greatest nation of all, the United States of America.

  • Last visit to Puerto Rico: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 10, 2004
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