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Marine life is extraordinarily abundant, including many tropical fish, crabs, and corals. Puerto Rico has some bird species, many of which live in the rain forest. Thrushes, orioles, grosbeaks, and hummingbirds are common, and the reinita and pitirre are distinctive to the island. Several parrot species are rare, and the Puerto Rican parrot is endangered. Also on the endangered list are the yellow-shouldered blackbird and the Puerto Rican plain pigeon, Puerto Rican whippoorwill, Culebra giant anole, Puerto Rican boa, and Monita gecko.
Also, on the endangered list is the hawksbill sea turtle, which nests in Puerto Rico. There are three national wildlife refuges, covering a total of 2, acres hectares. US environmental laws and regulations are applicable in Puerto Rico. Pollution from highland latrines and septic systems and from agricultural and industrial wastes is a potential hazard; the rum industry, for example, has traditionally dumped its wastes into the ocean. As ofsewage discharges into the ocean remained a problem: in Augustthe US Environmental Protection Agency EPA granted the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewage Authority's Aguadilla treatment plant a year waiver for discharging primary treated sewage into the ocean, threatening coral reefs.
Intotal on-and off-site release of toxic chemicals was 8. Wetlands on the island have been devastated by development, but in recent years, efforts have been mounted to save and expand these resources.
An example is the restoration of one of the most important waterfowl habitats on the island, the freshwater wetlands of Laguna Cartagena. Puerto Rico's population was estimated at 3, inan increase of about 0.
From tothe population increased by 8. The population was projected to reach 4. The population density in was about 1, Inabout The median age was Inthere were 93 Puerto Rican males for every females. The population was estimated to be San Juan is Puerto Rico's capital and largest city, with an estimated population offollowed by Bayamon, ,; Carolina, ,; Ponce, ,; and Caguas,Approximately one-third of all residents live in the San Juan-Carolina-Bayamon metropolitan area.
Three main ethnic strands reflect the heritage of Puerto Back Escorts Guayanilla PR the Taino Indians, most of whom fled or perished after the Spanish conquest; black Africans, imported as slaves under Spanish rule; and the Spanish themselves. However, Puerto Ricans do not pay federal income tax to the Untied States and they do not vote in US presidential elections.
Less than two-thirds of all ethnic Puerto Ricans live on the island. Virtually all the remainder resides on the US mainland; in there were 3, people who identified themselves as Puerto Rican in the 50 states.
New Yorkers who were born in Puerto Rico or who are of Puerto Rican descent sometimes refer to themselves as "Nuyorican. Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico, but Spanish remains dominant among the residents. The issue of language has been an ongoing concern between residents and US authorities. A law established both languages for official use, but US officials pushed for many years to make English the dominant language in school and government use.
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Inthe Puerto Rican legislature issued a bill making Spanish the official language, but this decision was reversed inrestoring both languages to official status. Some English words are incorporated into Spanish in what is commonly referred to as "Spanglish. UntilRoman Catholicism was the only religion permitted in Puerto Rico.
The Catholic Church maintains numerous hospitals and schools on the island.
Most of the remaining Puerto Ricans belong to other Christian denominations, which have been allowed on the island since the s. Pentecostal churches have attracted a ificant following, particularly among the urban poor of the barrios.
A small of residents an estimated 0. Santeria, a syncretic religion originating in Cuba and Brazil that incorporates African and native Caribbean beliefs including voodoo with Catholicism, is practiced by some residents. Puerto Rico's inland transportation network consists primarily of ro and motor vehicles. A system of public buses operated by the Metropolitan Bus Authority MBA provides intercity passenger transport in the capital of San Juan and nearby cities. As ofPuerto Rico had mi km of interstate highways and 15, mi 25, km of local ro.
Inthe territory had approximately two million registered automobiles. Tren Urbano connects San Juan to the surrounding urban areas with 16 stations along a Bythe majority of the projects to improve the highway system had been completed, including improvements to Highways 2, 3, 22, 26, 30, and The PR Expressway crosses from the north to the central mountainous region.
The PR toll road provides a new route for the towns of the northeast.
The Baldorioty de Castro Expressway allows rap-id travel between the main airport and the capital. The project was to be completed by San Juan, the island's principal port and a leading containerized cargo-handling facility, handled 9. Ferries link the main island with the islands of Vieques and Culebra. As ofthe first of four phases was completed in the development of the "Port of the Americas," a world-class transshipment port and ading free industrial zone extending from Ponce to Guayanilla.
Extensive tracts of land and the natural deep-water bay were an advantageous site for the port. The port was deed to handle all of Puerto Rico's foreign trade, and a good deal of the international container traffic crossing the Caribbean.
It was expected that 12, jobs would be created with the establishment of the port. Puerto Rico shipped San Juan had 1.
There were 30 airports in Puerto Rico in17 of which had paved runways. As of52 airlines serviced Puerto Rico.
Archaeological finds indicate that at least three Indian cultures flourished on the island now known as Puerto Rico long before its discovery by Christopher Columbus on 19 November The first group, belonging to the Archaic Culture, is believed to have come from Florida. Having no knowledge of agriculture or pottery, it relied on the products of the sea; the remains of its members have been found mostly in caves.
The second group, the Igneri, came from northern South America. Descended from Arawak stock, the Igneri brought agriculture and pottery to the island; their remains are found mostly in the coastal areas. A peaceful, sedentary tribe, the Taino were adept at stonework and lived in many parts of the island; Taino relics have been discovered not only along the coastal perimeter but also high in the mountains, where the Taino performed ritual games in ball parks that have been restored in recent times.
John the Baptist — and claimed it for Spain.
Not until colonization was well under way would the island acquire the name Puerto Rico literally, "rich port"with the name San Juan Bautista applied to the capital city. The small contingent of Spaniards compelled the Taino, ing perhaps 30, to mine for gold; the rigors of forced labor and the losses from rebellion reduced the Taino population to about 4, byby which time the mines were nearly depleted.
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The third culture, the Taino, also of Arawak origin, combined fishing with agriculture.