Portoryko, Puerto Rico, Stowarzyszone Wolne Państwo Portoryko, Wspólnota Portoryko, Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
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Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose to retain commonwealth status.

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1. Dependency status: commonwealth associated with the US

2. Government type: commonwealth

3. Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic

4. Border Countries: none (island)

5. Climate: tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation

6. Terrain: mostly mountains with coastal plain belt in north; mountains precipitous to sea on west coast; sandy beaches along most coastal areas

7. Area: 9,104 sq km

8. Capital: San Juan

9. Administrative divisions: none (commonwealth associated with the US)

10. Population: 3,897,960 (July 2004 est.)

11. Languages: Spanish, English

12. Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%

13. Currency: US dollar (USD)

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