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The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico) is a archipelago located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico, the smallest of the Greater Antilles, includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, including the populated island-municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, as well as unpopulated Mona island, located halfway between the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

The nature of Puerto Rico's political relationship with the United States is the subject of ongoing debate on and off the island. Those who support maintaining the current formula insist that upon attaining this status, Puerto Rico entered into a voluntary association with the U.S. "in the nature of a compact", but opponents of the Commonwealth status, disagree: according to them, Puerto Rico is no more than an unincorporated organized territory of the U.S., subject to the plenary powers of the United States Congress.

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The Puerto Rican amazon (Amazona vittata), is an endemic parrot of the archipelago of Puerto Rico belonging to the neotropical genus Amazona. Measuring 28–30 cm (11–12 in), the Puerto Rican Amazon is predominantly green with a red forehead and white rings around the eyes. Two subspecies have been described, although there are doubts over the distinctiveness of the form gracilipes from Culebra Island, extinct since 1912. Its closest relatives are believed to be the Jamaican Black-billed amazon (Amazona agilis) and the Hispaniolan amazon (Amazona ventralis). The species is the only remaining native parrot in Puerto Rico and one of the ten most endangered bird species in the world. Initially widespread and abundant, the population declined drastically in the 19th and early 20th centuries with the removal of most of its native habitat, also vanishing from nearby Vieques Island and Mona Island. Conservation efforts were started in 1968 to save this species from likely extinction. As of 2008, the total wild population is estimated to be between 30 and 35 individuals. (more...)

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The Ada orchid, like this one found in Peñuelas, is one of many endemic flora found in Puerto Rico.

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  • ...that the first shot fired by the United States in World War I was in Puerto Rico and not in Europe? It was fired by Lt. Teófilo Marxuach.
  • ...that the Camuy River is the third-longest underwater river in the world?
  • ...that in 1919, Luisa Capetillo was the first woman to publicly wear pants in Puerto Rico and that she was sent to jail for it?
  • ...that in 2003, José Miguel Agrelot's radio show, Alegre Despertar (Joyful Awakening), held the world record for the longest-running, still active radio show, running non-stop for 53 years?
  • ...that Dick Versace is the first person of Puerto Rican descent and the first Hispanic to become head coach of an NBA team?

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Daniel Santos (February 5, 1916 – November 27, 1992) was a singer and composer of boleros, and an overall performer of multiple Caribbean music genres, including guaracha, plena and rumba. Over the course of his career he adopted several names created by the public and became known as "El Jefe" and "El Inquieto Anacobero". Santos was born and raised in San Juan, where he began his education. When he was young his family moved to New York, where he resided until he was an adult. His artistic career began when he was contracted by the Trio Lirico, a Latin American trio that performed at social events. After briefly moving back to Puerto Rico he returned to Manhattan, where he worked in a nightclub and the Cuban Casino. On 1942, Santos was drafted by the United States military, and was assigned to serve as a part of the medical personnel working at World War II. Santos relocated to Havana, Cuba on 1946, where he obtained national success as a soloist. While in Cuba he joined the Sonora Matancera, and recorded several albums with the group. His participation with the group was followed by an international tour which focused on Latin American and the United States. On 1962, he abandoned Cuba and continued performing on several Latin American countries until his retirement. (more...)

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