Puerto Rico was part of the
Spanish Empire for four centuries, when the Puerto Ricans defended themselves against invasions from the
Dutch. During the mid-19th century, the quest for Latin American independence from Spain spread to Puerto Rico, culminating in the failed revolution known as the Grito de Lares. The island was invaded by the United States during the
Spanish–American War; the war ended when Spain officially ceded the island under the
1898 Treaty of Paris. Puerto Rico became a
United States territory and a military regiment known as the Porto Rico Regiment was established on the island.
San Juan 450th 1971 issue, depicting one of the
garitas of El Morro
The difference between the incumbent party, the PPD, and its opponent, the PNP, was a mere 0.6% in the last election. This difference is common as the political landscape experiences political cycles between both parties, with the PPD ruling all branches of government for 36 of the past 64 years. The PNP, on the other hand, has ruled both the executive and legislative branch concurrently for 16 years. The other 12 years experienced a
U.S. military installations in Puerto Rico (including the United States Virgin Islands) throughout the 20th century
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That... as of 2003, twenty-five percent of all
pharmaceutical products manufactured in the United States were
shipped from Puerto Rico, and sixteen of the top twenty best selling prescription drugs in the United States were produced on the island?
That... Puerto Rico enjoys one of the planet's highest productivity ratios? That value-added in manufacturing on the island totals $10.02 for every dollar of production worker wages, more than double the mainland US average of $4.64?
That... the zip code 00601 is the lowest assigned to any geographic place in the United States or its territories and belongs to
Adjuntas, Puerto Rico?
That... Puerto Rico's Tren Urbano is the Caribbean's first rapid transit system
That... the Plaza Las Américas mall in San Juan is the most profitable mall per square foot in the world?
That... the world's first known Walk-A-Thon took place in Puerto Rico in 1953, and that it was organized by Puerto Rican comedian Ramón "Diplo" Rivero? "Diplo" walked 80 miles from the capital city of
San Juan, crossing Puerto Rico up and down the treacherous mountain roads of
Cayey, known as "La Piquiña", to
Ponce, on the other side of the island, to raise money for the Liga Puertorriqueña Contra el Cáncer (the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer).
That... the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center is the oldest
Antillean Indian ceremonial and sports complex yet uncovered in Puerto Rico? Within its boundaries is also the largest
indigenous cemetery yet discovered – consisting of 186 human skeletons, most from the Igneri and the rest from the pre-Taino cultures. Based on the orientation of the ceremonial plazas, this is also believed to be the oldest astronomical observatory in the Antilles.
That... the Bomba is a music, rhythm and dance that was brought by
West African slaves to the island of Puerto Rico. and that the Plena was brought to
Ponce by blacks who immigrated north from the English-speaking islands south of Puerto Rico?
That... the word Piragua (pi·ra·güa) in most Spanish-speaking countries means
pirogue, a small, flat-bottomed boat? However, that in Puerto Rico the word piragua refers to a frozen treat made of shaved ice and covered with fruit flavored syrup? The piragua is pointy and shaped like a pyramid. The word piragua is derived from the combination of the Spanish words "pirámide" (
pyramid) and "agua" (water). In Latin America, frozen treats similar to the piragua are known by many different names.
That... the holder of the current
Guinness Record for the World's Smallest Jet, the Bede BD-5J Microjet is a native of Puerto Rico?
Coat of Arms of Puerto Rico
Statue of Juan Ponce de León
Puerto Rican Flag (1892 version)
The Revolutionary flag of Lares "The first Puerto Rican Flag"
Jamestown route in a marker in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican flag removed by a member of the National Guard after the 1950 Nationalist Party uprising in the town of
Jayuya Uprising, part of an island-wide revolt against United States colonial control.
That... In 1509, Juan Garrido, a conquistador in Juan Ponce de León's entourage, became the first African to set foot on the island?
That... the island of
Puerto Rico was originally christened as "San Juan Bautista" (
St. John the Baptist), whose capital was called Puerto Rico? That over the years, the names of the island and the capital were exchanged, and San Juan Bautista became the name of the capital while Puerto Rico became the name of the island?
That... slaves in Puerto Rico were branded on the forehead with a stamp so people would know they were brought in legally and it prevented them from being kidnapped? The method of hot branding was no longer used after 1784. See:
African immigration to Puerto Rico
That... in 1596, Sir Francis Drake, the famed British Admiral who defeated the
Spanish Armada, was defeated twice in his attempts to take
San Juan and that he died of dysentery while attacking the island?
That... the English settlers who established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, first stopped in Puerto Rico for provisions before heading towards Virginia? Yes, from April 5-10, 1607 the ships Godspeed, Susan Constant and Discovery made stops in Vieques, southern Puerto Rico, and Mona and Monito Islands on their way to Virginia.
That... on February 17, 1797, the Spanish-appointed governor of Puerto Rico, Brigadier Ramón de Castro believed that the local residents and foreigners of English and Irish descent supported the anti-Spanish military campaign and ordered to place them under surveillance, plus that many were given eight days to leave the island and those who did not leave were imprisoned? Many of the people in Puerto Rico, among them Treasury official Felipe Antonio Mejía, were outraged at Castro's actions and came to the defense of the Irish. See: Irish immigration to Puerto Rico
That... in 1821, Marcos Xiorro, a bozal slave, planned and conspired to lead a slave revolt against the sugar plantation owners and the
Spanish Colonial government in Puerto Rico?
That... in 1822, there was an attempt, known as the Ducoudray Holstein Expedition, conceived, carefully planned and organized General
Henri La Fayette Villaume Ducoudray Holstein to invade Puerto Rico and declare it the "República Boricua" and that General Ducoudray Holstein intended to make the city of Mayagüez the capital of the island? The plans of the invasion were soon disclosed to the Spanish authorities and the plot never materialized.
That... Old San Juan has more than four hundred carefully restored 16th and 17th century Spanish
That... in 1858, wired communication in Puerto Rico began in the town of
Arroyo, the first in Latin America, when
Samuel Morse introduced the telegraph into the island?
That... when the United States enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act on May 6, 1882, many Chinese in the United States fled to Puerto Rico? They established small niches and worked in restaurants and laundries.
That... Puerto Rico once had a
President? Francisco Ramírez Medina, who participated in the
Grito de Lares, was temporarily named President of the "Republic of Puerto Rico" on September 28, 1868 until the revolt was ended by the Spanish Colonial Government?.
That... Puerto Rico had an official currency (coins) minted and in circulation in 1898, and that extant samples of these coins in pristine condition are extremely valuable?
That... Puerto Rico had an its own postage stamps and that the first stamps inscribed "Puerto Rico" were issued in 1873?
That... the Intentona de Yauco of March 26, 1897, was the last major uprising against Spanish Colonial rule in the island?
That... after the
Spanish–American War and up to 1904, Puerto Ricans were considered as "aliens" in the United States?
That... the public display of the Puerto Rican Flag was once considered a felony (from 1892 to 1954) and that anyone who did so could end up in jail?
That... in 1906, Theodore Roosevelt, the first US President to travel outside the United States, made a stop in Puerto Rico (thus, becoming the first president to visit the island) and that he stayed overnight in Ponce?
That... in 1914, the Revenue CutterAlgonquin, which was stationed in the Caribbean, set sail with a crew of fifteen Hispanic-Americans (a fourth of the cutter's complement) to San Juan, Puerto Rico to assist the Puerto Ricans battling fires that threatened to destroy parts of that city? In 1915, the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico, paid tribute to the crew of the cutter Algonquin and presented them with an Official Resolution of Thanks.
That ... in 1948, Luis Muñoz Marín presided over the Puerto Rican legislature which was controlled by the PPD and that they approved the infamous "Ley de la Mordaza" known as Puerto Rico's Gag Law and that it became law with the signature of the United States-appointed governor Jesús T. Piñero? Did you also know that the law made it a crime to own or display a Puerto Rican flag, to sing a patriotic tune, to speak or write of independence, or to meet with anyone, or hold any assembly, with regard to the political status of Puerto Rico, violating the First Amendment of the
That... in 1950, the authorities in Puerto Rico placed a US$10,000 bounty on the head of outlaw Antonio Correa Cotto , either dead or alive, which was a first in the crime annals of the island?..
That... José A. Cabranes, Circuit Judge - is the first Puerto Rican to serve as a federal judge in the continental United States and that he was mentioned as possible Associate Justice? 
That...Nicholas Estavillo, NYPD Chief of Patrol (Ret.) - is the first Puerto Rican and the first Hispanic in the history of the
NYPD to reach the three-star rank of Chief of Patrol?
That... Faith Evans, is first woman to be named U.S. Marshal?
That... Dora Irizarry - was the first female Hispanic state judge in New York?
That... Irma Lozada - was the first female police officer to die in action in New York?
That... Roberto Rivera-Soto - is the first Puerto Rican and Latino New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice?
That... Joe Sánchez - is a former New York City police officer is a the author of "Ture Blue" and "Latin Blues", books which give an insight as to the corruption within the NYPD Department?
That... Sonia Sotomayor - is the first Puerto Rican woman and Hispanic to serve as a U.S. Circuit Court judge and to be nominated and confirmed as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice?
Casing of the shell fired at the Odenwald
Luis R. Estéves
Antonio Valero Bernabé
Carmen Contreras Bozak
Soldiers of the 65th Infantry training in Salinas, Puerto Rico. August 1941.
María Rodríguez Denton
U.S. Schooner Grampus (1821-1843)
Flag flown by Fidel Vélez and his men during the "Intentona de Yauco" revolt
Fernando Luis García
Puerto Rican Army nurses, 296th Station Hospital, Camp Tortuguero, Vega Baja, PR.
The first USMC plane: a Curtiss C-3 in Culebra, Puerto Rico.
José Antonio Muñiz
The burned out hulk of the SS Antonio Lopez
Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951.
Design of the Congressional Gold Medal which was awarded to the Borinqueneers of the 65th Infantry Regiment
Brigadier General Irene M. Zoppi
That... the first shot fired by the United States in
World War I was in Puerto Rico and not in Europe? The first shot was made by Sergeant Encarnación Correa, upon orders of Lt. Teófilo Marxuach, against the "Odenwald", an armed German supply ship which tried to force its way out of San Juan Bay and deliver supplies to the German submarines waiting in the Atlantic Ocean.
That... Lt. General Pedro del Valle played an instrumental role in World War II when he and the Marines under his command defeated the Japanese forces in Okinawa and that he was in charge of the reorganization of the island?
That... Colonel Héctor Andrés Negroni was the first Puerto Rican graduate of the United States Air Force Academy?
That... Capt. María Inés Ortiz was the first Puerto Rican nurse to die in combat and the first Army nurse to die in Iraq?
That... Rear Admiral Frederick Lois Riefkohl was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and the first Puerto Rican to be awarded the
Navy Cross, a military decoration second only to the Medal of honor?
That... Master Sgt. Pedro Rodríguez, was awarded two Silver Stars in one week?
That... General Manuel Goded Llópis was a high ranking Puerto Rican in the Spanish Army, who was one of the first generales to join Spanish General
Francisco Franco in the revolt against the Spanish Republican government in what is known as the Spanish Civil War?
That... the U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads was meant to be the
Pearl Harbor of the
Atlantic and that it was the largest naval installation in the world? Yes, in 1940, when Germany attacked Great Britain, the United States feared that if Germany controlled Great Britain, Mexico and the U.S. would be next. In 1940, President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered the construction of a naval base in the Atlantic similar to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The site was meant to provide anchorage, docking, repair facilities, fuel, and supplies for 60% of the Atlantic Fleet. The naval base, which was named U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, became the largest naval installation in the world in land mass. The fate of the base was changed after the Germans were defeated and the Navy's attention shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
That... Captain Félix Arenas Gaspar was a Puerto Rican Captain in the Spanish Army who was posthumously awarded the Cruz Laureada de San Fernando (Spain's version of the Medal of Honor) for his actions in the Rif War?
That... CWO2 Joseph B. Áviles, Sr. was the first Hispanic promoted Chief Petty Officer and later the first Hispanic Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Coast Guard?
That... Private First Class Fernando Luis García was the first Puerto Rican, from a total of five, to be awarded the
Medal of Honorposthumously and that his remains were never recovered? There is a headstone with García's name in the Puerto Rico National Cemetery in the city of Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
That... On January 6, 1914, First Lieutenant Bernard L. Smith established the Marine Section of the Navy Flying School in the island municipality of Culebra? As the number of Marine Aviators grew so did the avid desire to separate from
Naval Aviation. By doing so, the Marine Aviation was designated as separate from the United States Naval Aviation. The creation of a "Marine Corps Aviation Company" in Puerto Rico consisted of ten officers and forty enlisted men.
That... when the United States entered World War II, the military was in need of nurses and that Puerto Rican nurses wanted to volunteer for service, however they were not accepted into the
Navy Nurse Corps? In 1944, the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) decided to accept Puerto Rican nurses.
That... In 1963, the Air National Guard Base, at the San Juan International airport in Puerto Rico, was renamed "Muñiz Air National Guard Base" in honor of Lieutenant Colonel José Antonio Muñiz, a co-founder of the "PRANG"?
That... Lieutenant Colonel Olga E. Custodio made history when she became the first female
Hispanic U.S. military pilot and that after retiring from the military she became the first
Latina to become a commercial airline captain?
That ... On September 11, 2001, Marc H. Sasseville, now a Brigadier General, was given the mission of finding
United Airlines Flight 93 and destroying it, even if it meant ramming the plane. The tactic would be similar to the suicide military tactics known as
kamikaze missions used by the military aviators from the
Empire of Japan in World War II?
That ... On June 10, 2014, the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Bill was signed by President
Barack Obama, thus making the
65th Infantry Regiment] the first military unit composed almost entirely of Puerto Ricans to receive such an honor?
That ... Brigadier General Irene M. Zoppi is the first Puerto Rican female to reach the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Armed Forces?
That... the Puerto Rico Trench, roughly parallel to the island and 75 miles north, is home to the deepest submarine depression in the North Atlantic Ocean, and that the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean, the
Milwaukee Depth (27,493 ft / 8,380 m), lies within the trench?
That... the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico is one of the oldest protected areas in the Western Hemisphere by virtue of having been set aside by the Spanish Crown in 1876 while Puerto Rico was still part of the
Spanish Empire? Was designated a United Nations Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
That... Flamenco Beach located in
Culebra was rated the second most beautiful beach in the world?
That... the Common coquí or Coquí (Eleutherodactylus coqui) a
frog native to Puerto Rico, is a very important aspect of
Puerto Rican culture and it has become an unofficial territorial symbol of Puerto Rico?
That... Juan Mari Brás was the first person to receive a Puerto Rican citizenship certificate from the Puerto Rico State Department since the establishment of the Commonwealth in 1952, an action which has been since questioned by the
United States Department of State?
That... José de Diego was in the audience on January 1916, when Jesús María Sanromá debuted at the Puerto Rican Ateneo and that he was so impressed with Sanromá that he persuaded the government to give Sanromá a grant of 600 dólares?
That... Rafael Alers became the first Puerto Rican to compose the music score for a Hollywood movie, when he was hired for such a task for the 1956 movie "Crowded Paradise", directed by Fred Pressburger?
Carlos Albizu Miranda is the first Hispanic Educator to have a North American University renamed in his honor and one of the first Hispanics to earn a PhD. in Psychology in the United States?
That... Dr. Héctor Feliciano, is the author of "The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of Art", a book which proved the corrupt relationship between Europe's art museums and art dealers with the Nazi art looters of World War II and that his book forced the French government to display in public thousands of art works acquired from looters?.
That... Clara Livingston, born in New York but who lived in
Dorado, Puerto Rico since she was five years old, in 1927 became the first Puerto Rican female pilot and that at the time that she earned her flying license she was only the eleventh woman pilot to do so?
That... Isabel González a young, pregnant, single Puerto Rican mother challenged the Government of the United States when she was detained in
Ellis Island in the groundbreaking case "GONZALES v. WILLIAMS" a case which helped pave the way for Puerto Ricans to be recognized as American citizens?
Agustín Stahl, Puerto Rico's first renowned scientist, was the first person to adorn a
Christmas tree in Puerto Rico? It happened in his backyard in Bayamón in 1866.
That... Jaime Fonalledas is the President and CEO of Empresas Fonalledas Inc., which owns
Plaza Las Américas, the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean and one of the top retail and entertainment venues in the world?
That... Augusto Rodríguez, the founder of the Choir of the University of Puerto Rico, was also the founder of the Hebrew Festival Chorus of San Juan's Jewish community?
That... Juan Emilio Viguié, a pioneer in Puerto Rico's film industry, produced "Romance Tropical" the first Puerto Rican film with sound which in itself was also the second Spanish movie in the world with sound?
That... Nine Puerto Ricans have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award bestowed by the President of the United States and which is the highest civilian award in the United States?
That... Three Puerto Ricans have been awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, an award bestowed by the President of the United States and which is the second highest civilian award in the United States?
That... Elsa Miranda, a native of Ponce, was a popular vocalist and that she particapted in the first "Chiquita Banana" commerical where she sang the jingle? Puls, the she is considered to be the most famous Miss Chiquita?
That.... The Miss Universe Contest of 2003, was the first time in that pageant history that two women of Puerto Rican heritage, Susie Castillo and Carla Tricoli, participated at the same time representing different countries? Castillo represented the United States and Tricoli Puerto Rico.
Juan Ponce de León II
José María Marxuach Echavarría
That... Jesús T. Piñero was not the first native Puerto Rican governor of Puerto Rico? That honor belongs to Juan Ponce de León II, who in 1597 became the first native Puerto Rican to assume, temporarily, the governorship of Puerto Rico.
That... Felisa Rincón de Gautier (also known as Doña Fela) was the first woman to be elected as the mayor of a capital city in any of the Americas?
That... in 1937, Óscar García Rivera, Sr. became the first Puerto Rican to be elected to public office in the continental United States and in 1956 he also became the first Puerto Rican to be nominated as the Republican candidate for Justice of the City Court?
Antonio Fernós-Isern, former Resident Commissioner, was the first Puerto Rican cardiologist?
That... María de las Mercedes Barbudo (1773-1849) was a political activist who was the first female "Independentista" meaning that she was the first Puerto Rican woman to become an avid advocate of Puerto Rican Independence, and that she was involved with the Puerto Rican Independence Movement which had ties with the Venezuelan rebels led by
Simón Bolívar and who were against Spanish colonial rule in Puerto Rico.?
Teatro Puerto Rico
Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernandez in the Bronx, New York.
That... in 2003 José Miguel Agrelot's radio show, Alegre Despertar (Joyful Awakening), held the world's record for the longest-running still active radio show, running non-stop for fifty-three years?
That... in the classic film West Side Story, an epic Romeo and Juliet tale about the rivalry between a Puerto Rican and Italian-American gang, the only actual Puerto Rican cast was Rita Moreno?
That... the reggaetón was developed in Puerto Rico and has since then spread to other places around the world?
That... aside from a strong presence in music, sports, literature, politics, television, radio, etc., Puerto Rico also has a presence in the voice acting industry with voice actors such as Tony Oliver?
That... the myth of the Chupacabra has its origins in Puerto Rico?
That... after the United States, Puerto Rico is tied with Mexico in hosting the most Miss Universe contests and has the
third most titleholders following the United States and Venezuela?
That...Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernandez, located at 786 Prospect Ave., Bronx, New York, is a historic apartment building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 2001 (reference #01000244), which houses the Casa Amadeo music store, the oldest, continuously-occupied Latin music store in the Bronx having opened in 1941? The music shop once belonged to Victoria Hernández, sister of the world famous Latin composer Rafael Hernandez. Mike Amadeo, a fellow Puerto Rican, purchased the business from Victoria in 1969.
That ... Despacito, a song written by Luis Fonsi, Ramón (Daddy Yankee) Ayala and Erika Ender, received its one billionth view on April 20, 2017 after 97 days, becoming the second-fastest video on the site to reach the milestone behind Adele's "Hello"? That it received its two billionth view on June 16 after 154 days, making it the fastest video on the site to reach the milestone? And with its 3.3 million certified sales plus track-equivalent streams, "Despacito" is one of the best-selling Latin singles in the United States?
That ... White Tiger a.k.a. Hector Ayala, is the first
Puerto Rican superhero in the history of comics, and Marvel's first superhero of Latino descent? The superhero was featured in the edition of "Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19" which came out on December 1975. Did you know that he is also the uncle of
White Tiger Angela del Toro and the brother of
White Tiger Ava Ayala who are also Puerto Rican?
That... Bavi Edna Rivera is the first Hispanic woman bishop and the 12th woman bishop in the Episcopal Church?
That... Puerto Rico has the largest and richest Jewish community in the Caribbean? and that Puerto Rico is the only place in the Caribbean with the three Jewish denominations of Judaism, the Conservative, Reform and Orthodox? See:
Jewish immigration to Puerto Rico
Juan Alejo de Arizmendi (July 17, 1760-October 12, 1814) was a patriot and the first Puerto Rican to be consecrated Bishop and that he was immortalized by Puerto Rican artist
José Campeche in a painting in 1803?
That... world-renowned religious minister and member of the Honorary Committee of The Presidential Prayer Team, Rev. Nicky Cruz was once the leader of a notorious New York City street gang called The Mau Maus?
That... Gothic churches are rare in the New World, but that Puerto Rico has two: Porta Coeli, built in 1606 in
San German, and Iglesia San José, built in the 1530s in
Old San Juan?
The "Victor M. Blanco Telescope" also known as "the Blanco 4m"
School of Tropical Medicine
That... in 1929, Puerto Rican nurse Rosa A. González wrote "Los Hechos Desconocidos" (The Unknown Facts), a book in which she denounced the discrimination against women and nurses in Puerto Rico? The book convinced James R. Beverley, the Interim Governor of Puerto Rico, to sign Ley 77 (Law 77) in May 1930, which established a Nurses Examining Board.
That... Dr. Victor Manuel Blanco, an astronomer, has the distinction of having a galactic cluster and the largest 4-m telescope in the Southern Hemisphere named after him?
That... Fermín Tangüis, developed the Tanguis cotton in Peru and saved that nation's cotton industry?
That... Dr. Pedro Beauchamp, The first Puerto Rican specialist certified by the American Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Board, performed the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique on the island in 1985?
That... Dr. María Cordero Hardy's research on vitamin E helped other scientists understand about how the vitamin works in the human body?
That... Dr. Mario R. García Palmieri, Cardiologist - García Palmieri is the first
Hispanic to have the distinction of being designated a "Master" by the American College of Cardiology?
That...Dr. Diego R. Solís Physician - made Puerto Rican medical history when he performed the first simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant in Puerto Rico?
That... Dr. Ramón M. Suárez Calderón Scientist, cardiologist, educator and hematologist - carried out investigations that led to the identification of the proper and effective treatment of a type of
anemia known as Tropical Espru, the application of complex methods, such as
radioisotope, to be used in clinics and the identification and treatment of the disease which causes
That... The School of Tropical Medicine, was an educational institution created in 1926 by an act of the Puerto Rican Legislature, to further the research initiated by the Anemia Commissions and the Institute of Tropical Medicine on anemia and its causes? Did you also know that the institution existed as an independent entity until 1949, when it was integrated into the School of Medicine of the
University of Puerto Rico and its building is in the National Register of Historical Places?
That ... Dr. Yajaira Sierra Sastre is the only Hispanic, selected to participate in a four-month long, Mars analog mission funded by NASA. Sierra Sastre aspires to become the first Puerto Rican woman to travel to outer space?
You may watch Roberto Clemente's hit number 3,000
View of the Indigenous ballparks in the Tibes, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Monica Puig won the first Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico
That... before the arrival of
Christopher Columbus in 1492, the
Taínos who lived in the island played a ball game called "Batey" in which the winners were treated like heroes and the losers were sacrificed?.
That... Carly Colón, known internationally by his ring name Carlito is the first professional wrestler to ever win a title in two separate debuts in
That... Carlos Beltrán has the smallest ratio of at-bats between homeruns in playoff contention in Mayor League Baseball's history with a total of eleven homeruns in twenty two games and that he holds the record of consecutive playoff games with a homerun with five consecutive games?
That... Wilfredo Gómez won thirty two straight fights by knockout thus making him the World Champion with the longest knockout streak in boxing history?
That... Jesse Vassallo lost the opportunity to defend his world records (200 and 200 meters individual medley) when the United States boycotted the Olympics in Moscow?
That... Emilio "Millito" Navarro (born September 26, 1905) was the first Puerto Rican to play baseball in the Negro Leagues and that at 102, is also the oldest living professional baseball player to have played in the Negro Leagues?
That... Pedro Montañez, also known as El Torito De Cayey (The Little Bull of Cayey), considered by many to be one of the best
boxers in history, never to won a world title? In his career he was 92-7-4.
That... Alfred "Butch" Lee, became the first Puerto Rican in the
NBA when in 1978 he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. Lee was also the first Puerto Rican to play on the NBA play-offs as a member of the 79-80
Los Angeles Lakers. He was awarded an NBA Championship ring, even though he did not participate in the "Finals" because of his injuries.
That... José Juan Barea made history, by becoming the first Puerto Rican to play in the "Finals" for a winning NBA Championship team, when the
Dallas Mavericks were crowned the 2011 NBA Finals Champions?
That ... In 1942, Hirám Bithorn became the first Puerto Rican to play in the major leagues?
That ... In 1980 Alberto Mercado was the only Puerto Rican ("American" citizen) to actually participate in the
That... Leon Day, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues who played for "Los Tiburones de Aguadilla" (the "Aguadilla Sharks") loved Puerto Rico so much that when he was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1995 he was enshrined with a cap on his plaque that depicts him as an "Aguadilla Shark"? He is the only Hall of Famer to be enshrined with a cap of a team outside the mainland United States.
That... the first time that a Puerto Rican Ski Team was sent to represent the island in an Olympic Winter ski competition was the
1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the "XV Olympic Winter Games", celebrated in
Alberta, Canada? 
That... Mary Pat Wilson, who participated in the 1988 Olympics Games, is Puerto Rico’s first and only female Olympic skier?
That... On August 13, 2016, Monica Puig won Puerto Rico's first Gold Medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, exactly 68 years to the day when
Juan Evangelista Venegas won the first Olympic Medal (Bronze) for Puerto Rico in the 1948 Olympics celebrated in London, United Kingdom?
That... On October 28, 2018, Alex Cora, became the first Puerto Rican to manage a World Series winning team when the Boston Red Sox defeated the LA Dodgers?
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^Paul Rober Walker (1988). "The way of the Jibaro". Pride of Puerto Rico: The life of Roberto Clemente. United States: Harcourt Brace & Company. p. 3.
ISBN0-15-307557-0. Roberto's father, Don Melchor Clemente, worked as foreman in the sugar fields.