Category: History

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández

from NPS.gov The music store now known as Casa Amadeo opened as Casa Hernán­dez in the Bronx, New York, just pri­or to the large post-World War II Puer­to Rican migra­tion to New York City. When the Unit­ed States direct­ed all its invest­ment in Puer­to Rico’s sug­ar sec­tor, the divest­ment in Puer­to Rico’s labor-inten­sive cof­fee and tobac­co sec­tors left many work­ers unem­ployed. Between 1950 and 1960, 500,000 indi­vid­u­als (about 20% of Puer­to Rico’s pop­u­la­tion) migrat­ed off the island. The pri­ma­ry des­ti­na­tion was New York due to exist­ing ship­ping routes, and lat­er, the fre­quent air trav­el that oper­at­ed between San Juan...

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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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