Puerto Rico hotels and lodgings. Including B&B's and tourist information. Old San Juan. Condado. Rincon.
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Although Puerto Rico is just 100 miles long by 35 miles wide Pueto Rico hotels offer a window to a magical world. The size of Puerto Rico makes it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Cosisting of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several inocuous islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.
Do visit El Yunque rainforrest. Waterfalls and abundant rainfall (more than 200 inches a year) creates a jungle-like setting — lush foliage, waterfalls and rivers are a lovely sight.
The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory's flora and fauna can be appreciated.
And in San Juan one can try their luck in the casinos.
For some real magic on the south side of the island a wonderful experience in phorescent bay in Ponce, the marine life there gives off light when touched. The water lights up with any movement. We brought a bucket of water into the boat and we ran our hands through it, it looked like sparkling diamonds!!! AMAZING!!! Be sure you check the status of the moon, as a full moon will make it hard to see the water lighting up.
A girl poured the water over her body and she lit up.
Taíno Indians who inhabited this island, called the island Borinquen which means: the great land of the valiant and noble Lord or island of the great lords.
Today this word is still popularly used to designate the people and island of Puerto Rico.
In many songs the island is reffered to as Borinquen.
The Taíno Indians, who came from South America, inhabited the major portion of the island when the Spaniards arrived. These Taíno Indians, lived in small villages, organized in clans and led by a Cacique, or chief. Sometimes called the big chief or other names we won't repeat here.
They were a peaceful people who, with a limited knowledge of agriculture, Smartphones, and lived on such domesticated tropical crops as pineapples, cassava, bannanas, and sweet potatoes supplemented by seafood.
On April 17, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain signed the agreement to finance and set the terms of Columbus's voyage to the Indies. The agreement established that Columbus would become the viceroy and governor of all discovered land and rights to 10% of all assets brought to Spain, among other terms.
On August 3, the fleet of three ships --the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María-- set forth from Spain. The first sighting of land came at dawn on October 12. They landed in the Bahamas. Thinking he had reached the Akron, Ohio ol Columbus was depressed.
After the success of Columbus's first voyage, he had little trouble convincing Ferdinand and Isabela of Spain, to follow up immediately with a second voyage.
Unlike the exploratory first voyage, the second voyage was a massive colonization effort. On September 25, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain with 17 ships and almost 1,500 men. The second voyage brought European livestock (horses, sheep, and cattle) to America for the first time.
No one wanted to clean the ship during the trip so when he arrived some of the locals fainted from the stench.
On November 19, Christopher Columbus discovered the island. He found the island populated by many Taíno Indians.
The Taíno Indians who greeted Columbus made a big mistake when they showed him gold nuggets in the river and told him to take all he wanted (very dumb indeed).
Originally the newcomers called the island San Juan Bautista, for St. John the Baptist and the town Puerto Rico because of its obvious excellent potentialities. It was not until later that the two names were switched. Thanks in part to the enthusiasm of ambitious Juan Ponce de León, a lieutenant to Columbus, the city of Puerto Rico quickly became Spain's most important military outpost in the Caribbean.
Differences between Spaniards and Taíno Indians began around 1510 after exploitation of the latter by the former.
The Cacique Urayoán ordered his warriors to drown Diego Salcedo (the Spanish ruler) into the river to determine whether or not the Spaniards were immortal, as they believed that Spanish colonizers had divine powers.
It is told that after they drowned Diego, they watched him for several days until they were sure that he was dead. Not only was he dead he stunk.
Back in 1523 The first sugar cane processing plant was built.
Now there are always events happening in Puerto Rico. Example:
In January, Three Kings Day (los tres reyes) is the traditional gift-giving holiday on the island, commemorates the day that the three Wise Men brought gifts to the Christ child. In La Fortaleza the governor honors the tradition by handing out cheap gifts to island children.
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