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Culture and Life in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has one of the richest artistic, cultural and historical heritages of all periods.

History

Travel back in time and learn about Puerto Rico's rich heritage. The timeline starts around the 15th century when Taíno Indians inhabited the island, right down to the present.

Culture

The culture of Puerto Rico has been greatly influenced by its history. With the blend of Taino Indians, Spanish and African cultures, comes a melting pot of people and traditions, as well as the impact of the United States political and social exchange into every aspect of life.

People

Puerto Ricans are known for their warm hospitality, often considered very friendly and expressive to strangers.

Recipes

Puerto Rican cuisine is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences. We call it "cocina criolla", a delicious mingling of flavors and ingredients passed from generation to generation.


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Did You Know?

Puerto Rico was first enumerated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. War Department in 1899. Puerto Rico has been included as part of the decennial census since 1910. The Census Bureau conducted the first economic census in Puerto Rico in 1909.