Category: History

The History of Puerto Rico and Taino Indians

  The Taino Indians who were originally from South America were the first to inhabit Puerto Rico sometime in the 1400’s. In 1493 Columbus arrived in his second voyage to the new world. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon founded the village of Caparra (that is now San Juan) in 1508 and he was named the governor of the island in 1509 by Spain. The Spaniards introduced slavery in 1521 and built the first Catholic Church in 1523 which is the oldest church still in use in America. Sugar cane was produced in 1523 and a hospital in 1524....

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Strange Facts About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a great place to visit; it is full of history and sunshine and while there are those that come on vacation here every year learning more about the place, they never hear about the rather fun and quirky facts of Puerto Rico. Did you know that Puerto Rico has more famous fast food restaurants than nearly any other place in the world per square mile? The only country that beats us is China; you name one of the world’s most famous fast food restaurants and we’re bound to have it, meaning that everyone’s tastes are catered...

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Jose Campeche – Puerto Rico’s Best Rococo Artist

Jose Campeche is an 18th century artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico who earned merits for his country and the Puerto Rico flag for his works in the field of visual arts. Born to a former Puerto Rican slave, Tomas Campeche, and a mother native of the Canary Islands, Maria Marquez, he was a person with mixed roots – a mulatto. It might be said that his exposure to various cultures catapulted him into successfully becoming the first “known” visual artist of his country. Campeche’s inclination towards the arts started out early, and is often credited to his father,...

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Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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Veteran tells tales of survival, death during World War II

Written by Denise Goolsby | The Desert Sun In 1936, at the age of 9, Lita Bowman and her family sailed from her birth home of San Juan, Puerto Rico to the United States, where they settled in New York City. Bowman was working as an interpreter/translator at the Waldorf Astoria when she joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1945. On July 28, 1945, Bowman’s colleagues gave her a farewell luncheon on the 17th floor of the historic hotel. “It was the day the airplane crashed into the Empire State Building,” she said. The aircraft hit the skyscraper after...

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