Puerto Rico, USA

Puerto Rico is a unique blend of Indigenous, Spanish, African, U.S. Chinese and Dominican cultures

Hurricane Dorian mostly misses Puerto Rico

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
PUERTO RICO ~ There was some intense rain and flooding near Ponce. The eastern end of the island got some rain. Culebra got heavy rain and there is a flood watch, but Dorian mostly missed Puerto Rico.

Our Lady of Providence is patron saint of Puerto Rico

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The idea is not that faith will give you what you want, but that “God helps those who help themselves”

Puerto Rico Emancipation Day

PUERTO RICO; Mar 22, 1873 (Sun in 2020, observed Mon, Mar 23, 2020); Puerto Rican holiday celebration ~ The day Puerto Rican slaves were officially freed by the Spanish Parliament

Francisco Oller, Puerto Rican Impressionist painter

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Puerto Rican artist
BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico ~ The painter who worked with the Impressionists in Europe, taught Paul Cézanne briefly, and transformed painting in the Caribbean, was born on June 17, 1833

Saint John’s Eve or Festa Junina

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Brazilian Creole French French-Canadian Italian Portuguese Puerto Rican Spanish Celebration
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ Celebrate midsummer (or midwinter) by gathering with family around bonfires on the eve of Saint John the Baptist’s birth

Celebrate Puerto Rico Constitution Day

Saturday, July 25, 2020
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ~ Commemorates the day when Governor Luis Muñoz Marín signed the Puerto Rican Constitution into law on July 25, 1952

El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico plays las Fiestas Patronales in Loíza, Puerto Rico

Friday, July 26, 2019
LOÍZA, Puerto Rico ~ The most popular salsa group ever plays Las Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol in Loíza, Puerto Rico…’Brujeria’, ‘Azuquita Pa’l Cafe’, ‘Arroz con Habichuela’, ‘En Menu’, ‘Un Verano en Nueva York’…

Aibonito Flower Festival, a Puerto Rican country fair

Daily June 28-July 7, 2019
Puerto Rican festival
AIBONITO, Puerto Rico ~ This country fair has amazing flowers, kiddie rides, and lots of food, drink and dancing to live salsa legends

RAMAS Festival ~ Rincón Alternative Music Art Surf

RINCÓN, PUERTO RICO; Fri-Sun Mar 22-24, 2019; Surfing art music festival ~ Big party for the surfers in Puerto Rico this weekend. Yellow Man, Pirulo y La Tribu and Fofé y Los Fetiches headline. “Ja man”

Juan Bobo

Juan Bobo (Juan the Fool) is a Puerto Rican folk character who may seem silly, but actually teaches life lessons

San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 2019 ~ Discover San Juan with New York Latin Culture Magazine editor Keith Widyolar as we begin publishing on tour of the Latin capitals

Puerto Rico : Paradise Ruined photography series by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

December 2017
A photo essay by New York-based street photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel
NOTE: Puerto Rico is fine now. Please come visit us.

Delta Airlines

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
TO Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico
TO Canada, Mexico & Panama
TO Argentina, Brazil & Peru
TO France, Italy, Portugal & Spain

jetBlue is New York City’s main airline for travel to the Caribbean

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
TO Cuba, Dominican Republic, & Puerto Rico
TO Costa Rica & Mexico
TO Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

Brief History of Puerto Rico

Trade winds and the North Equatorial current that cross the Atlantic directly to Puerto Rico made it an important island during the Colonial Period. Control of the Caribbean and access to the Panama Canal made Puerto Rico important since then.

The island struggles with its colonial status. It is currently a U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, but have no representation in Congress. There is great desire for independence, but the dominant political parties represent statehood vs a continuation of the current commonwealth status.

Taíno Period

At the time of European contact, Puerto Rico was populated by Indigenous Taíno.

We have always been told that we were killed off. The reality is that we intermarried. Genetic studies in 2000 and 2018 show that 60% of modern Puerto Ricans carry Taíno genes.

Spanish Period

1493 ~ Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony until 1898. The island’s economy was based on sugarcane plantations. It was independent for less than a year.

1780 ~ The Great Hurricane of 1780, the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, damages southeast Puerto Rico.

U.S. Period

1898 ~ Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory when the U.S. invades during the Spanish-American war.

1917 ~ The U.S. Congress Jones Act grants U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans. However, it also requires that shipping be done on U.S. flagged ships. Contrary to shipping company studies, this raises the cost of imports, including most food, by about 20%.

1932 ~ San Ciprian Hurricane devastates the island.

1948 ~ Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first popularly elected governor of Puerto Rico. His Operation Bootstrap sought to transform the island’s economy from agriculture to manufacturing.

1950s ~ Operation Bootstrap pushed subsistence farmers off their land without providing other employment. This and the availability of jobs in New York City led to the Great Migration of the 1950s. Puerto Ricans brought their music which in the 1970s went global as salsa.

1952 ~ Puerto Rico becomes a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

1989 ~ Category 4 Hurricane Hugo devastates the island.

1998 ~ Category 4 Hurricane Georges devastates the island.

September 2017 ~ Category 4 Hurricane Maria devastates the island.

July 2019 ~ Youth protests force the resignation of Governor Ricky Rosseló.