Puerto Rico: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We are back with seven more little-known facts about Puerto Rico. If you enjoyed part one, then keep reading below!

Number Seven: Puerto Rico Is Going to Hold the World’s Largest Sangria Tasting

The Sangría Fest will take place on March 7 this year in San Juan. More than 50 exhibitors will showcase their products, consisting mostly of sangría, wines and tapas. A taste of Spain!

Number Six: It’s Got the Only Rainforest in U.S. Territory

El Yunque National Forest is a national park located in Northeastern Puerto Rico, and it’s the only rainforest in the U.S. It’s also the largest piece of public land in the territory with 28,000 acres.

Number Five: Christopher Columbus Never Returned to Puerto Rico

Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico on his second trip to the Americas and claimed the archipelago for Spain. He might not have been very impressed by what he saw (or maybe he was just busy colonizing other lands) because he never returned.

Number Four: One of its Islands Is Inhabited by Iguanas

The Mona Island, the third largest in Puerto Rico, has no native inhabitants…except for a large colony of iguanas. This particular species of iguana, the “mona ground iguana”, cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Number Three: It’s Actually Pretty Small

Puerto Rico’s main island, with an area of 3,515 square miles (9,104 square kilometers), is the second smallest of the Greater Antilles after the Cayman Islands, Cuba being the largest. Puerto Rico is roughly the size of Connecticut, and they both share a similar population. Despite all of that, Puerto Rico is still the third biggest island in the U.S. after Hawaii’s Big Island and Alaska’s Kodiak Island.

Number Two: Graffiti Covered Tanks Are Rotting on a Beach

Flamenco beach, in Puerto Rico’s Culebra Island, used to be a U.S. Navy training site during World War II. Once the war was over, a bunch of tanks were left behind and are now rusting in the sun. The peculiar beach tank graveyard has been vandalized by locals and visitors, but still remains one Puerto Rico’s best kept secret.

Number One: Spanglish Was Invented Here

The term “Spanglish” (o Inglañol), used to designate a sort of “hybrid” language by mixing Spanish and English, was first coined by Puerto Rican journalist Salvador Tió, in the late ’40s. Tió noted how many Puerto Ricans were unconsciously giving up their mother tongue, Spanish, in order to learn English as a result of massive immigration to English-Speaking cities, such as New York and Miami.

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