First inhabitants settle the island now known as Puerto Rico.
Christopher Columbus landed on Puerto Rico's shores on the 19th of November during the second of his four voyages to the new world
Juan Ponce de Leo`n founds the first spanish settlement in Caparra.
Construction begins on San Felipe del Morro castle to defend the island against invaders
British forces under the command of Sir Frances Drake attack Puerto Rico but are fought off by the spanish; threee years later, the british briefly occupy the island.
The dutch attempt unsuccesfully to seize control of the island.
British forces invade again and are fought off again; the attempt marks the last foreign invasion of the island for more than 100 years
The Cry of Lares marks the first major uprising against spanish rule.
Spian abolishes slavery on the island .
The Puerto Rico flag flies over the island for the first time.