Puerto Rico Information
Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: "Estado Libre Asociado
de Puerto Rico" — literally Associated Free State of Puerto Rico), is a
self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States located in the
northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin
Islands. Puerto Rico is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of
Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques,
Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area and
second smallest by population among the four Greater Antilles, which also include
Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica.
Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquen, from Borikén, its indigenous Taíno
name.The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen
respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage.
The island is also popularly known as "La Isla del Encanto", which translated means
"The Island of Enchantment."