Puerto Rico Research Paper

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Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is a beautiful, wonderful country with a rich history and culture. Their culture is influenced by many others, from Spanish, to African, to American. Its location and weather make it a paradise, and its food, recreation, and history give it an amazing, unique heritage. To begin, Puerto Rico’s location makes it astounding, if nothing else. Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean, and because of this, it has a rich history that plays quite a role in its culture. According to archaeologists, the island's first inhabitants were the Ortoiroid people, dating to around 2000 BC, followed by the Ignari people of South America, around 120 B.P., then replaced by the Taino. When Christopher Columbus arrived there in 1493, there…show more content…
Its temperatures are always moderate, and the main variation of weather occurs due to its inland mountains and its rainy season, which stretches from April to November. The topography of a region extremely affects its weather and climate. A belt of mountains- the Cordillera Central- extends across the middle and southern portion of Puerto Rico. The island's highest peak, Cerro de Punta, stands at 4,389 feet. Coastal plains surround these to the north and south. Puerto Rico's varied topography means that some of the land has desert-like conditions while other portions are rainforests. Little difference exists between winter and summer temperatures. On the coast, daytime highs are around 80 degrees F and overnight lows are mid-70s, compared to the slightly lower 70 high during the winter months, and highs in the upper 80s. It is 5 to 15 degrees lower in the mountains, on average, though it never gets cold enough to snow, that low being 39 degrees. In the same way, the highest recorded temperature there is 98 degrees, despite its tropical location. Puerto Rico’s rainy season isn’t as pronounced as other islands, but more rain occurs during the period from April to November than during the winter and early spring. The southern coast is the driest area, some only getting 36 inches per year, creating a desert-like climate. Droughts sometimes occur here, especially in February and March. In contrast, the central…show more content…
The design of the flag reflects the close ties that bound the Cuban and Puerto Rico patriots in the 19th century. It is never flown without the company of the American flag. The Puerto Rican flag consists of 5 alternate red and white stripes. On the left of the flag is a single white five-pointed star inside a blue triangle. The white star stands for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico while the three sides of the equilateral triangle together represent the three branches of the government (executive, legislative and judicial branches). The three red stripes symbolize the blood that feeds those parts of the government. The two white stripes symbolizing the rights of man and the freedom of the individual, are a perpetual reminder of the need for vigilance of a democratic government is to be

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