Named for the bountiful gold in its rivers, Puerto Rico, or the "rich port" has an interesting history that encompasses the influence of Africa, Spain, as well as the United States. Christopher Colombus' arrival to Puerto Rico in 1493 led to its status as a Spanish colony, were its soon became a hot spot for production of cattle, sugar cane, coffee and tobacco. The intense reliance on crop production resulted in the importation of slaves from Africa for labor. Due to the variety of different races on the island, many Puerto Ricans have a diverse bloodline from regions such as Spain and Africa. The indigenous tribes of Taino and Carib also play a vital role in the cultural and ethnic background of many Puerto Ricans.
Puerto Rico's status as a territory of the United States started in 1898 under the Treaty of Paris in which Spain ceded the aforementioned nation, Guam and the Philippines to the U.S. In 1917, Puerto Ricans officially gained US. citizenship and in 1952 the island officially became a Commonwealth of American.
Today, Puerto Rico is a burgeoning location for tourists and industry alike. In 2016, more than 3.7 million tourists came to enjoy the rich culture and beautiful beaches of this island nation. The mix of Spanish, African, and indigenous culture has created delicious foods, beautiful artwork, and endless architecture to explore.
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.