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Ponce Coat of Arms

Ponce Coat of Arms

Ponce is both a city and a munic­i­pal­i­ty in south­ern part of Puer­to Rico. The city is the seat of the munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment. The City of Ponce is the sec­ond largest city in Puer­to Rico out­side of the San Juan met­ro­pol­i­tan area, and is named after Juan Ponce de Leon y…

The Three Kings Song

The Three Kings Song

Los tres San­tos Reyes, los tres y los tres, Los tres San­tos Reyes, los tres y los tres, Los salu­dare­mos con div­ina fe, Los salu­dare­mos con div­ina fe. Los tres San­tos Reyes, yo los sé con­tar, Los tres San­tos Reyes, yo los sé con­tar, Gas­par y Mel­chor y el Rey Bal­tazar.…

Three Kings Day

In Puer­to Rico, it is tra­di­tion­al for chil­dren to fill a box with fresh grass or hay and put it under­neath their bed, for the Wise Men’s camels. The three kings will then take the grass to feed the camels and will leave gifts under the bed as a reward. These…

The Currencies of Puerto Rico

The Currencies of Puerto Rico

The cur­ren­cies of Puer­to Rico fol­lowed the devel­op­ment of the island close­ly.  It was grant­ed the use of both Spain and the Unit­ed Stat­ed because it was a colony of both coun­tries.  Puer­to Rico had its own gold, but by the 16th cen­tu­ry, the arch­i­pel­ago was run­ning out…

Puerto Rico Gets Some Change:

Puerto Rico Gets Some Change:

US Mint unveils quar­ter with Span­ish inscrip­tion The Asso­ci­at­ed Press Fri­day, April 3rd 2009, 1:26 PM SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico — The direc­tor of the U.S. Mint on Thurs­day unveiled the first U.S. coin with an inscrip­tion in Span­ish, a quar­ter hon­or­ing Puer­to Rico as the…

Borinquen

Puer­to Ricans often call the island Bor­in­quen, from Borikén, its indige­nous Taíno name. The terms boricua and bor­in­cano derive from Borikén and Bor­in­quen respec­tive­ly, and are com­mon­ly used to iden­ti­fy some­one of Puer­to Rican her­itage. The island is also pop­u­lar­ly…

Puerto Rico Constitution

Con­sti­tu­tion of the Com­mon­wealth of Puer­to Rico We, the peo­ple of Puer­to Rico, in order to orga­nize our­selves polit­i­cal­ly on a ful­ly demo­c­ra­t­ic basis, to pro­mote the gen­er­al wel­fare, and to secure for our­selves and our pos­ter­i­ty the com­plete enjoy­ment of human rights,…

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Flag

Rep­re­sen­tante defiende proyec­to para cam­biar col­or à la ban­dera Mien­tras, el Gob­er­nador le cier­ra las puer­tas à la medi­da Por Ser­vi­cios com­bi­na­dos El rep­re­sen­tante Luis TatoLeon Rodri­guez ase­guro que la pieza leg­isla­ti­va declaran­do ofi­cial el col­or azul oscuro en el…

The Jayuya Uprising

The Jayuya Uprising

The Jayuya Upris­ing, also known as the Jayuya Revolt or El Gri­to de Jayuya, refers to the revolt against the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment which occurred on Octo­ber 30, 1950 in var­i­ous local­i­ties in Puer­to Rico, but most­ly based in the town of Jayuya, Puer­to Rico. Events…

Utuado Uprising

Utuado Uprising

The Utu­a­do Upris­ing, also known as the Utu­a­do Revolt or El Gri­to de Utu­a­do, refers to the revolt against the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment in Puer­to Rico which occurred on Octo­ber 30, 1950 in var­i­ous local­i­ties in Puer­to Rico and which in Utu­a­do cul­mi­nat­ed in the “Utu­a­do…

Musical Instruments

Musi­cal instru­ments of Puer­to Rican music have roots in the cul­tures of Puer­to Rico’s Tai­no, Span­ish, and African tra­di­tions. Musi­cal instru­ments used in Puer­to Rican music are well known instru­ments used in present day music. These instru­ments would include such…

Puerto Rico Quarter

The Unit­ed States Mint on Thurs­day April 2, intro­duced the 2009 Puer­to Rico quar­ter, which is the sec­ond of six com­mem­o­ra­tive quar­ters issued in the 2009 Dis­trict of Colum­bia and U.S. Ter­ri­to­ries Quar­ters Program.The quar­ter-dol­lar reverse or tails side was designed…

Tainos (Arawak)

Tainos (Arawak)

Pre-Colum­bus Puer­to Rico is one of 7,000 islands in the clus­ter of islands known as The West Indies. Arche­ol­o­gists and geol­o­gists have been unable to deter­mine exact­ly when Puer­to Rico became inhab­it­ed. They deter­mined that cen­ter­ies ago, peo­ple referred to as…

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