Block 4 Spanish 2 (Jasmine Andrews) Puerto Rico

Main

First Inhabitants

2000 B.C.

First inhabitants settle the island now known as Puerto Rico.

New World

1493

Columbus reaches the island November 19th during his second voyage to the New world

Caparra

1508

Juan Ponce De Leon founds the first spanish settlement in Caparra

The Dutch

1625

The dutch attempt unsuccessfully to seize control of island

Limited Independence

1897

Spain decides to grant Puerto Rico limited Independence

War

1898

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

U.S Territory

1917

Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory; islanders are given citizenship

Islanders Elect

1948

Islanders elect, for the first time, their own government: Luis Munoz Marin, who would remain an influentional figure in island politics for decades.

CommonWealth

1952

Puerto Rico becomes a commonwealth of the United States

Sila Calderon

2000

Sila Calderon is elected the island's first woman governor.