When did Puerto Rico officially become a U.S. commonwealth? | When did Puerto Rico officially became a U.S. commonwealth?
Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony until the Spanish-American War in 1898. Following the signing of the Treaty of Paris, the island – along with Cuba, the Philippines and Guam – became U.S. territories. However, it wasn’t until 1917 that Puerto Ricans received citizenship, and in 1952, Congress approved the island’s local constitution, which made it a “commonwealth”. To this day, the island’s political status remains under debate, with some calling for statehood, others calling for independence and the rest supporting the status quo. Source: Smithsonian Magazine.
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive, centuries-old fortresses.