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Puerto Rico

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Taylor McCorkle

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The island isn't an independent "state" because the U.S. is in charge and is controlling it
July 25, 1898: U.S. gained control of Puerto Rico by an invasion of the island
Invasion ordered by President McKinley
U.S. wanted control of the island because it was in the ideal location for reloading steamships while U.S. forces traveled from North America to South America
Puerto Rico has been used as a naval base ever since
Puerto Rico
By Taylor, Holly, Danica and Emma
What is

Imperialism is when a country or state wants to and expands its land in order to become independent
~U.S. Imperialism~
Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean Sea
and is between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
It is located in the northwest part of the Caribbean.
It is south of the United States and North of South America.
Puerto Rico is 1018 miles away from Miami, Florida!
How was Puerto Rico affected
by U.S. Imperialism?
~You will be having pina coladas (non-alcoholic of course)!~

Q: What do pina coladas have to to with Puerto Rico?

A: Nearly a half-century ago, pina coladas were created in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A bartender, Don Ramon Portas, concocted a blend of coconut, pineapple, and rum. Today, pina coladas are a hit in Puerto Rico!
Pina coladas also have to do with Puerto Rico because the island has a great amount of access to water, therefore, they eat and drink tropical things. It would make sense that pina coladas would be from Puerto Rico since its main ingredients are pineapple and coconut.
President McKinley
What has happened to Puerto Rico following U.S. Imperialism?
The U.S. controls Puerto Rico and is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Puerto Rico is a foreign market for businesses in the U.S.
The relationship today with Puerto Rico is a lot like it was in late 1800s. It's still a foreign market for U.S. businesses.
People in the U.S. like having Puerto Rico because they can sell their goods to them and the U.S. Navy has a naval base for fueling and repairs there. They also like having Puerto Rico because they have products we need, like tropical fruits.
Recipe for non-alcoholic pina coladas:

2 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce cream of coconut
1/2 cup ice
(Makes one 7oz. cup)


1. Blend in blender until desired consistency is achieved
Puerto Rico has a very mountainous terrain.
The mountain chain is in the northern and
central part of Puerto Rico. It is called the
Cordillera Central.

They also have a wide range of other
terrains as well, including beaches, deserts,
rain forests, and karst region. (This is volcanic
remains that form caves and sinkholes.)
Puerto Rico has very little
seasonal temperature variation.
The average temperature year
round is between 70-80 degrees.
Their hurricane season is between
Overall, Puerto Rico has
great vacationing weather!!!
Imperialism has continued to affect Puerto Rico because the United States government has all control of Puerto Rico and can veto the island. This causes the people of Puerto Rico to have no control in voting.

Puerto Rican Culture
Puerto Rican culture consists of many different nations.
The Spanish Royalists came first to seek Puerto Rico as a place of refuge
The Africans were brought to Puerto Rico to work the sugar plantations while people from other Caribbean Islands looked for jobs
Today, there are around 4 million people on the main island.
The dominant language of Puerto Rico is Spanish, but there are some Puerto Ricans that speak English
Both of these languages (English and Spanish) are widely spoken due to the diversity of people who live there
Puerto Rico Food
Their food has a combination
of my different inheritages which
come from their mixture of culture.
This food can be called Cocina Criolla.

They have a lot of fruity
beverages because they
grow a lot of them including
bananas, pineapple, and mangos!
(This includes the Pina Coladas!)
They drink a lot of coffee as well. The coffee in Puerto Rico is a very stong and black coffee.
Reyes, Héctor. "International Socialist Review." International Socialist Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2013.
"U.S. Takes Control of Puerto Rico." History.com. A&E TelevisionNetworks, n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2013.
They also eat a lot of chicken
and soup for meals.
Puerto Rican traditions are
"colorful" as some people
would say!
They celebrate most of the
same holidays that we do
because the U.S. own them!
So this includes Christmas
and Easter.
Since the United States owns
Puerto Rico, they celebrate pretty
much all of the same holidays
we do including Christmas and
They also celebrate
some local holidays including
3 Kings Day and La Dia de la
Dancing is also
big in their culture.
Some dances include
Salsa and Merengue.
A few of Our sources
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