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Here are some interesting facts about Puerto Rico - Category: Introduction - Background: Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status.

Category: Government - Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal; island residents are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections

Category: People - Education expenditures (% of GDP): NA

Category: Economy - Natural gas - imports (cu m): 736.2 million cu m (2007 estimate)

Category: Geography - Natural resources: some copper and nickel; potential for onshore and offshore oil

Category: Transportation - Airports: 29 (2007)

Category: Communications - Telephones - mobile cellular: 3.354 million (2005)

Category: Military - Military branches: no regular indigenous military forces; paramilitary National Guard, Police Force

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: increasing numbers of illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico each year looking for work

Other random facts about Puerto Rico 

  1. People - Age structure (%): 0-14 years: 20.5% (male 415,141/female 396,782); 15-64 years: 66% (male 1,254,416/female 1,358,229); 65 years and over: 13.5% (male 229,727/female 303,833) (2008 estimate)

  2. Government - Capital: name: San Juan; geographic coordinates: 18 28 N, 66 07 W; time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

  3. Geography - Irrigated land (sq km): 400 sq km (2003)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html