Puerto Rico is not a country. It is a territory of the United States, who has a responsibility, when disaster strikes, to provide the Puerto Rican people with all the paper towels they need.
Until recently, a large portion of Puerto Rico was used as an artillery range for our navy’s warships. These exercises ensured that, if we were ever attacked by a defenseless island, we’d be able to retaliate effectively.
The island was inhabited by Taino Indians when Columbus arrived in 1493. Spaniards brought Christianity to the island in the form of forced labor, torture and mass murder which was exactly how the Spanish were implementing Christianity in Spain.
The largest single-aperture telescope, The Arecibo Observatory, was built in Puerto Rico. The radio telescope was invaluable to astronomers because it proved that large radio telescopes could weather naval bombardments.
The Coqui is a frog found in Puerto Rico and nowhere else… although, if you needed a frog and you weren’t in Puerto Rico, my guess is you could still find a frog that is just as good…
The largest rum distillery is in Puerto Rico, producing 100,000 liters of rum a day, enough to cause seventy car accidents, fifteen unplanned pregnancies and two dozen fist fights.
Five winners of the Miss Universe Pageant were from Puerto Rico. You may be impressed until you realize that this means that sixty-one of the losers of the Miss Universe Pageant were also from Puerto Rico.
Also from Puerto Rico is actress Michelle Rodriguez, simultaneously the best actress in the Fast and the Furious series and a remarkably bad actress.
Unlike most Spanish-speaking countries, Puerto Ricans don’t use the peso. Their currency is the American dollar, which they call the “peso”.
Cockfighting is legal in Puerto Rico… although just punching one because you are having a bad day is discouraged.