Puerto Rico switched from Spanish control to American control during the Spanish-American war. At the time, Puerto Rico belonged to Spain, but United States forces invaded in July and secured the island by mid-August. Th... More »

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The Spanish-American War took place in 1898. The war grew out of Cuba's fight for independence, which began a few years earlier, and the sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana harbor in February of 1898. More »

The Spanish-American War was the conflict that ended Spain's ruling over the colonies in the Americas. The end of this war also allowed the United States to acquire territories in Latin America and the western Pacific Oc... More »

Puerto Rico is not independent as of February 2015. The island is a territory of the United States; it was previously under the rule of the Spanish Empire. More »

After rebellion broke out in Cuba in 1895, the Spanish-American war began when reports of Spain's vicious military tactics led to public outcry in the United States. The destruction of an American battleship, the USS Mai... More »

Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on Nov. 19, 1493, during his second voyage from Spain. The island was inhabited by thousands of Taino Indians, who called the island "Boriken," which means "the great land of t... More »

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Consisting of around two thirds of Puerto Rico's population as of 2014, Roman Catholicism is the major religion, although Protestant Christianity is also a common religion, with more than 25 percent of the territory's pe... More »