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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth politically allied with the United States since 1898, and Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917 but do not vote for the U.S. president and have only a nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress. Puerto Rico has been governed by popularly elected officials (including a governor and bicameral legislature) since 1948. The commonwealth consists of one large island and several small islands in the Caribbean Sea, with an area of 13,790 square kilometers and a population of just under 4 million (as of July 2009).

Puerto Rico was claimed for Spain by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century and was a Spanish colony for several centuries before being ceded to the United States at the conclusion of the Spanish American ...

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