Tuesday, February 5, 2013

16 interesting facts about Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is east of the Dominican Republic and west of the British Virgin Islands. The state is a group of islands in the archipelago Antilles. The population of most of the islands, the island of Puerto Rico is 3.9 million, one of the most densely populated islands in the world. The standard of life of Puerto Ricans is very good. The whole name of the country's Federation of Puerto Rico. Look a little curious about it.

1. Puerto Rico was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 during his second voyage to the newly discovered lands. At that time there lived Taino Indians who call brought African slaves, who later mixed with Indians and Spaniards. 2. 's State territory of the United States in 1898 it was never independent because since he was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the late 19th century it was part of Spain. Later in the Spanish-American War, Spain lost their positions. Today Americans are not needed passports to travel to the Caribbean nation and Puerto Ricans have U.S. citizenship and must comply with many federal laws of the United States. 3. Puerto Ricans do not call Americans , although they are. They are proud of their individuality, are called Puertorrique ñ os and Boricuas , trying to preserve their culture, which is a mixture of Spanish, Indian and African.

4. official language in the country is bilingual , English and Spanish, though Spanish is dominant. Puerto Ricans have their own version of the language and mixed with Native American. It is estimated that nearly 90% of people speak mostly Spanish, most speak English, but are afraid to use it, as only 10% of them speak it fluently.

5. Puerto Rico has a unique culture . People on the islands usually greet with a kiss, if you are close, but during a conversation is considered respectful to stand very close to the one you talk to. Gestures are an important part of communication. Relatives and friends have kept cohesiveness. Older people are respectful. The locals are very friendly to tourists and often talk to them in English.

6. country has won 5 times the Miss Universe , respectively in 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001 and 2006 While it is a territory of the United States, the country competes with individual participating in the contest. Furthermore, in 1972 households in the international competition, becoming the first Latin American country in this field. The country has its own Olympic team that won a total of six medals.

7. island has a coastline 435 km long , which attracts tourists with its purity and diversity. Colors of sand can vary, but the purity of many beach areas is high. If you want to swim, you can go to Playa de Ponce , surfing is a good idea to go to Playa Hig ü ero , and if you want to go snorkeling at Playa Esperanza .

8. largest telescope in the world is located in the island nation . It has a diameter of 305 meters and is used for accurate information about when and where an asteroid might hit Earth.

9. Almost two-thirds of the U.S. rum is produced in Puerto Rico . It is the largest rum distillery and beverage manufacturing is done under strict control. The history of rum on the island dates back 400 years.

10. sole tropical rain forest in the national forest system in the U.S. is located in Puerto Rico. El Yunque is almost unchanged for centuries and is an oasis for tourists, especially given that there are no dangerous animals.

11. could be compared to the Galapagos Islands, as there are many protected species of iguanas, and the environment is very well preserved. The island is located about 80 km from the mainland.

12. The average temperature in the country is 28 degrees Celsius.

13. island of Puerto Rico is 180 km long from east to west, and its widest part is 65 km. The country is fairly mountainous territory and the highest point is Cerro de Punta 1,339 meters in height.

14. country has 17 man-made lakes and 50 rivers . The climate is tropical, but temperatures rarely vary.
15. deepest and largest in the Atlantic Basin , Puerto Rican Trench, is located about 116 km from the northern parts of the island. It is 8.4 kilometers deep.

16. The country has 239 varieties of plants, 39 types of reptiles and amphibians, and 16 bird species that are endemic only to the area.


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