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How did Puerto Rico grow?

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Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico during his second voyage, on November 19, 1493

Puerto Rico was originally a Spanish colony and became a United States Colony

On July 25, 1898, during the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States with a landing at Guánica. As an outcome of the war, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, along with Cuba, the Philippines, and Guam to the U.S. under the Treaty of Paris.


In 1948 Puerto Rico obtained the right to democratically elect their own Governor.

In the early 1900s the greatest contributor to Puerto Rico's economy was agriculture and its main crop was sugar.

Global Economic Downturn Edit

On May 1, 2006, the Puerto Rican government faced significant shortages in cash flows, which forced the closure of the local Department of Education and 42 other government agencies. All 1,536 public schools closed, and 95,762 people were furloughed in the first-ever partial shutdown of the government in the island's history.

Tourism is an important component of Puerto Rican economy supplying an approximate $1.8 billion. In 1999, an estimated 5 million tourists visited the island, most from the U.S.

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