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Description
Puerto Rico is a self governing, unincorporated territory of the United States. It is
located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the
Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico includes the main island of Puerto Rico, which is the
smallest of the Greater Antilles, and several smaller islands and keys.
The land is very mountainous and La Cordillera Central is the main mountainous
range. Included in this range is Cerro de Punta, at 4,390 feet, the highest elevation
point in Puerto Rico. Being that this country is located in the tropics, seasons rarely
drastically change and there is an average daily temperature of 82.4 degrees year
round. The capital, San Juan, is located on the north coast of the main island.
Puerto Rico's head of state is the President of the United States but has very limited
representation in the US Congress. The countries government is composed of three
branches: the Executive branch headed by the Governor, the Legistlative branch,
which includes a Senate and a House of Representatives, and a Judicial branch,
headed by the Chief Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. The governor and
legislators are elected by popular vote every four years, while members of the Judicial
branch are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Puerto Rican culture is a mixture of African, Amerindian, Spanish and North American
cultures. From each of these cultures Puerto Rico has obtained a wide variety of
traditions and values. The Africans brought a type of music and dance including
percussion instruments and maracas. The Amerindians have contributed different
foods and instruments. The Spanish brought the Spanish language, Catholic religion
and many moral values and traditions. The North Americans have brought the English
language and the university system.

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Population: 3,998,905
Capital: San Juan
Per-capita GDP: $ 16300
Size: 13,790 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 04:00
hours) Atlantic Time
(Canada)

US State Department
Travel Warning: NO

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