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Puerto Rican Genealogy Search
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Background: 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 not to alter the existing political status.
Puerto Rican refers to anyone who was born in, or whose ancestors are from, Puerto Rico. It can also refer to anything from Puerto Rico, such as Puerto Rican rums or Puerto Rican cuisine, however this article specifically refers to the use of this proper adjective when it refers to a person or people of Puerto Rican ancestry.
Puerto Ricans, who also commonly identify themselves as Boricua, are largely the descendants of native Taíno Indians, Europeans, African slaves or a blend of these groups which has produced a very multi-cultural and diversified population. The population of Puerto Ricans is estimated to be between 8 to 10 million worldwide, with most living within the islands of Puerto Rico and in the United States. [from Wikipedia]
Population: 3,944,259 (July 2007 est.)
0-14 years: 21% (male 422,635/female 403,887)
15-64 years: 65.9% (male 1,247,314/female 1,352,139)
65 years and over: 13.1% (male 223,508/female 294,776) (2007 est.)
Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
noun: Puerto Rican(s) (US citizens)
adjective: Puerto Rican
Ethnic groups: white (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%
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