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Puerto Rico

An Hour with Abuelo
Puerto Rico (p. 599)

Use the Web sites below to complete the following activity.

Use the Internet to learn more about Puerto Rico. First, identify a topic you would like to investigate. For example, you might want to find out more about Puerto Rico's history or involvement with America. Explore what it means to be a self-governing commonwealth, or how the political transitions between 1898 and 1952 affected Puerto Rico's people, culture, and customs. Develop a list of questions that will lead you toward focused research. Using a word-processing program, type up your findings. Present your report to the class.

CIA World Factbook http://www.cia.gov/ cia/ publications/ factbook/ geos/ rq.html
Visit this site to gain information about the people, economy, history and military of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico: State, Commonwealth, or Country? http://geography.about.com/ library/ weekly/ aa031698.htm?terms=Puerto+Rico
This site includes an article about the vote of 1998, which gave the people of Puerto Rico the chance to decide whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state. The article examines the history of Puerto Rico's relationship with the United States.

Welcome to Puerto Rico! http://welcome.topuertorico.org/ index.shtml
Constructed by a native Puerto Rican, now living in Illinois, this informative site contains comprehensive information on the culture, history, geography, food, and more of Puerto Rico. Includes a glossary of terms, and even brief audio clips of Puerto Rican birds!