It is in the North Eastern of the Caribbean, East of the Dominican Republic, West of the Virgin Islands. Its official name is Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It has a population of about 3.5 million people and is the third in population…
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Its original inhabitants were Aboriginal people. Christopher Columbus discovered it. It was a Spanish colony who transformed its culture and physical landscape. European knowledge, customs and traditions including Roman Catholicism, Spanish language, agriculture, stone constructions and the printing presses.
In the present day, its people are American citizens and the region has a local constitution. They elect their own governor although they lack voting members in Congress and is a subject of the plenary jurisdiction of the United States under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950 (Luis, 2009).
Its economy is a high-income economy and the most competitive in the Latin America. This economy is mainly driven by the manufacturing and service industries. The manufacturing industry comprises of pharmaceuticals, textiles, petrochemicals and electronics while the service industry is of finance, insurance, real estate and tourism. The Unites States controls its foreign affairs exerting trading restrictions especially in its shipping industry. It is also a small island lacking natural resources and depends mostly on imports (Duany, 2003).
Puerto Rico experienced recession from 2006 to 2011 and again in 2013. However, it has managed to maintain a relatively low inflation in the past decade at the same time maintaining a purchase power higher than 80% of the world. It is unable to become a self-sufficient and self-sustainable economy since it has a public debt equal to 68% of its gross domestic product (Sanchez, 2009). It is, therefore, poorer than other American states, even Mississippi, with 41% of its population below the poverty line.
Puerto Rico does participate in globalization through activities such as consumerism of society, attracting industries, computers and through its tourism program. On the other hand, globalization has greatly affected Puerto Rico’s natural environment. The future of the country is greatly jeopardized by the
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This chapter has started with the US invasion of Puerto Rico and the political and economic reasons behind such a colonization attempt. The chapter has connected the real motive behind this colonization to the competition between leading European nations like Spain, England and France with the United States, for sources of raw materials and for markets, for their mushrooming industries.
The enjoining of Puerto Rico, according to analysts and researchers in historical studies, as a commonwealth in USA, is one that requires a detailed understanding of the events that took place prior and after the 1952 event.
However, departure is an experience of its own for no one wants to say goodbye; but goodbyes for better life has to be said in order to give a room for a hello on the other side. This was the case of the Dominican Republics who migrated from their comfort zones of Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico in the 80’s.
When Puerto Ricans were granted citizenship of United States of America in 1917, the Congress started to make amendments in the constitution and passed bills that somehow meant to control the lifestyle of Puerto Ricans. In collaboration with health sector and USA’s Government, Puerto Rican government initiated a mass sterilization program.
In international summit such as UN convention, they are also guided by interpreters. There are people who wonder why this nation doesn't seem to fully accept the English language were in fact, the latter is the medium used by a number of countries. However, for the benefit of the doubt, one cannot deny the fact that it is maybe Puerto Ricans are having difficulty in learning the English language.
In this essay we will take a look at the history, the economy, the geography, and the culture of Puerto Rico in order to have a better understanding of its people.
Puerto Rico is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles, consisting of the main island of Puerto Rico and various smaller islands.
Puerto Rico is ranked third in United States, when compared to other states in regard to homicide cases. Several theories have been used to evaluate the causes for such high rate of homicides in Puerto Rico. Theories like social organization, strain, labeling, etc.
The region gained dominance in this sector during the period around 1970 by the help of incentives from the US government. Pharmaceutical companies alone account for more than a quarter of the Islands GDP- (gross domestic product) experiencing over 36.5 billion dollars in yearly exports.
Among them the most dominant culture that had existed in this region was Tainos culture. The presence of this civilization was also reported by the explorer Christopher Columbus. The geographical advantage this place