Puerto Rico is a nation with a rich history and unique culture stemming from the original inhabitants, the Ortoiroid people, of around 3,000. After the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World, Puerto Rico's indigenous population greatly suffered- due to the the infectious diseases brought over by the Europeans. In years following, the nation became a vital part of the Spanish Empire, inspiring the culture and tradition of the island. Then during the Spanish-American War, the United States invaded Puerto Rico- subsequently becoming the Commonwealth we know today.
Puerto Rico's culture is highly influenced by their formative years and experiences with other cultures, specifically the Taino, African, and of course the Spanish. That being said, the cuisine is primarily based on an array of legumes, rice, and beans, as well as tropical fruits and beef and pork. For holidays, Puerto Rican specialities include pernil asado (split-roasted pork), pasteles (plantain tamales), and even templeque (coconut milk pudding). When it comes to artistry, this island nation is responsible for the formation of Salsa music (alongside their Cuban counterparts) and they are well known for their affinity for Spanish Reggae music.
This colorful and unique ornament captures the essence of Puerto Rico and would make a perfect gift or addition to your own collection. Celebrate your heritage or remember a visit to this beautiful country.