First inhabitants settle the island now known as Puerto Rico.
Columbus reaches the island November 19th during his second voyage to the New world
Juan Ponce De Leon founds the first spanish settlement in Caparra
The dutch attempt unsuccessfully to seize control of island
Spain decides to grant Puerto Rico limited Independence
The United States goes to war with spain after the battleship maine blows up in cuba; spain loses war and later gives up control of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory; islanders are given citizenship
Islanders elect, for the first time, their own government: Luis Munoz Marin, who would remain an influentional figure in island politics for decades.
Puerto Rico becomes a commonwealth of the United States
Sila Calderon is elected the island's first woman governor.