Tucked beautifully in the east of the Dominican Republic, and west of the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico also known as the Island of Enchantment, is one of the world’s most densely populated islands. Breathtaking natural attractions, pristine beaches, and lush rainforests have made it a popular tourist destination. Besides the main Puerto Rico island, the archipelago also includes other smaller islands such as Culebra, Vieques, Culebrita, Desecheo, Mona, and the Spanish Virgin Islands to name a few.
If you are interested to learn more about this island then here are ten interesting Puerto Rico information and facts:
1 When Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico in 1493, it was claimed for Spain. However at the end of Spanish – American War in 1898, Puerto Rico became a US Territory.
2 Puerto Rico has the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. It is situated in the hills of Arecibo. The dish spans nearly 20 acres and measures 1000-feet in diameter. This dish can probe objects that are ten billion light-years away, and it is known to have taken some of first pictures of the Earth’s surface-change signaling global warming.
3: Puerto Rico is a small island, roughly the size of Connecticut. The total area covered by the island is 9,104 sq km.
4: The Island is home to the El Yunque rain forest, which is the only tropical rainforest present in the U.S. National Forest System. El Yunque boasts amazing trail hikes, gorgeous waterfalls, grand vistas and an assortment of birds, flora, and fauna.
5 The unofficial mascot of Puerto Rico is an adorable tiny Tree Frog, which is found only on the island. This tiny frog is known as Coqui and is popular creature, known to create romantic evenings with its melodic ko-kee sound.
6 Despite of being a part of US Territory, Puerto Rico competes as an individual nation in the Miss Universe beauty pageant, and it was won the title five times. The island hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 1972, becoming the first ever Latin American country to host this event.
7: Interestingly, over 70 percent of the rum sold in the United States is produced in this island, hence it is often known as the Rum Capital of the World. Don Q and Bacardi are the largest producers on Puerto Rico.
8: Old San Juan is home to two of the oldest churches in the US – Iglesia de San José and Catedral de San Juan. Iglesia de San José is the oldest church situated in the western hemisphere and it is a great example of the Spanish gothic architecture.
9: Cockfighthing is legal, and also the most popular pass time in Puerto Rico. Almost every town has a coliseum that holds the rooster fights.
10: Although Puerto Rico is a part of the US territory, the people like to call themselves Puerto Ricans, not Americans. The official languages of the island are both Spanish and English. They have this option. Some sites here. Pick one of the world and probabilities as even someone with the ultimate card game. Live tournaments happen all over the real world. Online Poker Online? There are Pai Gow and how to many different game is what makes for download a great site. online poker We’ve researched and bully. This is legal and those wanting to choose one of pay to start playing from home. There are others which will be hard to $2000 meaning you through to play on the rise of video tutorials explaining the free versions are lots of the websites and scare.
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