Capital - San Juan Population - 3.35 million Demonym - Puerto Rican , Boriqua
Languages - Spanish, English Currency - United States Dollar
Flag Description - "The red stripes are symbolic of the "blood" that nourishes the three branches of its government; Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. The white stripes represent individual liberty and the rights that keep the government in balance. The blue triangle stands for the "Republican Government", represented by the three branches, and the white Lone Star represents "The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico."
National Motto - ""Joannes est nomen eius" (Latin) "John is his name" National Anthem - ""La Borinqueña"" Popular Dish - Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas)
National Flower - Puerto Rican Hibiscus/Maga National Bird - Reinta
History - The United States gained Puerto Rico as a territory after the Spanish-American War in 1898. The Treaty of Paris that was signed to end the war allotted the island country to the United States in 1917. This also meant that every citizen of Puerto Rico was granted U.S. citizenship.
*Many of the words that Puerto Ricans use for building names, household items and food products originated from the Taino Natives
*San Juan is the second largest cruise port in the Western Hemisphere
*Puerto Rico has over 270 beaches
Annual Average Temperature - 27 degrees Celsius or about 80 degrees Fahrenheit