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Special Territories and Administrative Regions > Puerto Rico


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Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose to retain commonwealth status.





GDP per capita:

$18,499.23 per capita

Alternative names:

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, PU

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Angel ruiz
28th July 2010
I have my CCW license issued in Tx and I would like to know if I can take my weapon to PR while on vacation???
My e-mail [email protected]
Dennis Freytes, LColonel, US Army Retire
28th July 2010
Hi! Acording to the US Constitution, Supreme Court, President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's (PR) Status, Congressional and other Reports--Puerto Rico's statuse is that of a US Territory. Commonwealth or "Associated Free State" is a figleaf name given to PR's local government which is under the absolute control of Congress under Article 4, Territorial Clause of the US Constitution. Also, there are only to forms of government under the US Constitution, which is over any law that Congress makes, State or Territory not Commonwealth.bThus, please, rectify that PR's status is that of a US Territory with a local government permitted by Congress called Commonwealth.
Ron (New York)
21st January 2009
Its PR not PU smart one no offense
xiomara feliciano (connecticut)
15th February 2007
WELL, I got my pistol permit from the state of connecticut and i want to life in puerto rico, am trying to get inf how cant a tranfer my permit to p.r.

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