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Puerto Rican Culture
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Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? Have you seen the beautiful sights? Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean, an island east of the Dominiacan Republic. Puerto Rico has a rich culture. The main parts of the culture are, Foods, Music, Holidays, and Sports. Puerto Ricos capital is San Juan named after San Juan Bautista "Saint John the Baptist" (founded in 1508, by Juan Ponce de León).
Puerto Ricos animal is the Coqui and its flower is hibiscus. Thes two beautiful things are very important to Pureto Rico. While you sleep you could hear the Coqui and you can see the Hibiscus everywhere. The total land area of PR is 13,790 sq km. There is an abundance of sugarcane, coffee, pineapples, plantains, bananas; livestock products, chickens. "Puerto Rico is under the U.S. customs jurisdiction. Borders are open between P.R. and the U.S., allowing for free movement of people and merchandise." The most popular city destinations are, San Juan, Ponce, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Fajardo, San Germán Cayey, and Caguas.

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State Animal
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Foods are an important part of Puerto Rican Culture. Many foods come from other places around the world. There are many recipes that go down for centurys. Two of the best desserts are, Cream Cheese Flan and Vallina Flan. These two desserts are sweet. The recipes are,
Cream Cheese Flan:
Ingredients:
3 whole eggs
3 egg whites
2 ounces of cream cheese
1 can of evaporated milk
1 can of condensed milk
1 Teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 cup of sugar
Procedure
Take the sugar and caramelize it in a small sauce pan. Do not let the sugar burn. It should be a golden caramel color. Pour this caramel into an 8" round dish. Make sure to coat the bottom and the sides of the pan. Place all other ingredients in a blender and mix till it has a smooth consistency. Pour into the pan filled with caramel. Place pan in "baño de Maria". Bano de maria is a larger pan that has an been filled with an inch of water. This will help cook the flan. Place the larger pan with flan pan in it in the oven at 350 degrees. (25-30 minutes). You can check the flan by poking it center with a knife. If the knife comes out clean then the flan is done. Recipe sent by: Braidys J. Burgos from Maspeth
Vanilla Flan:
Ingredients:
1 cup 1 cup Sugar
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Condensed Milk
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
a pinch of saltSugar
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Condensed Milk
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
a pinch of salt
Procedure:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Heat sugar in small, heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until dissolved and caramel colored. Quickly pour onto bottom of deep-dish 9-inch pie plate; swirl around bottom and sides to coat.
  3. Combine evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, eggs and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Pour into prepared pie plate. Place pie plate in large roasting pan; fill roasting pan with warm water to about 1-inch depth.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove flan from water. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. To Serve: Run small spatula around edge of pie plate. Invert serving plate over pie plate. Turn over; shake gently to release. Caramelized sugar forms sauce.
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Music is another important part of puerto rican culture. There are diffrent types of music. There is classical music. Singers like Manuel Tavares and Juan Morel Campos both sing classical music.The major type of music coming out of Puerto Rico is salsa, the rhythm of the islands. Puerto Rico is also very popular in Salsa music. Tito Puente and Hector Lavoe sing salsa."Some of the instruments used in traditional Puerto Rican music originated with the Taíno people.The first great salsa musician was Tito Puente, who, after a stint with the U.S. Navy, studied percussion at New York's Juilliard School of Music.No one quite agrees about who is the king of salsa today, but Willie Colón, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and Hector Lavoe are on everyone's list as the "Grand Masters of today's salsa beat." Hundreds of young salseros are waiting to take their trown as the popularity (and income levels) of the emerging salsa stars continues to climb" (Puerto Ricos Culture: Music). Still there is Todays Music!!! Puerto Rican "Ricky Martin winner of the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Pop Performance". Ricky Martin is now -without a doubt- one of the most famous Latin artist in the world." (Puerto Ricos Culture: Music).






Holidays are a very important part of the puerto rican culture. There are many holidays that are important, but like many other islands PR has a few more important dates that are intresting!!!! They are: April 2: Viernes Santo (Good Friday), May 9: Dia de las Madres(Mothers Day), June 20: Dia de los Padres (Fathers Day), July 26: Conmemoración del Estado Libre Asociado ( Puerto Ricos common wealth, November 19: Día del Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico (Discovery of Puerto Rico Day). These days are important to Puerto ricans. All these holidays are national. Puerto Ricans around the world celibrate them. AS readers can see that some of the national holidays are the same as the holidays in the United States.

Another major part of the puerto rican culture are all the sports!!! Puerto Ricans like to play and do many sports. Most of them are like the ones here in the United States. There lots of sports that they like to play like: Baseball, Basketball, Biking & Skating, Tennis and Cockfighting. I know what your thinking, Cockfighting ewww, but it is a sport. "The sport of pitting game-cocks to fight and the breeding and training of them for that purpose. Cockfighting pits are circular with a matted stage about 20 feet (6 meters) in diameter and surrounded by a barrier to keep the birds from falling off. The main (matches) usually consisted of fights between an agreed number of pairs birds, the majority of victories deciding the main, but there is two other varieties that aroused the particular ire of moralist. Cocks usually are put to the main when between one and two years of age. Before a fight, spurs of metal or bone are slipped over the natural spurs of the game-cocks. The modern short sput is 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) or less in length; the longer spur scales from 2 to 2 1/2 inches (5 to 6 cm). In ancient times, cocks were permitted to fight until one or the other was killed. Later, although some fights still are to an absolute finish, rules have sometimes permitted the withdrawal at any time of a badly damaged cock. Other rules fix a time limit for each fight. At all mains, the judges word is absolute law, even as to gambling. There is no appeal from his decisions." (Puerto Rico: Sports).

Puerto Rico people represent a cuture racial mix. Puerto Ricans are mixed with, Taino Indians, Spanish, and Africans. The Tainos were inslaved by the Spanish after that the spanish started to marry the Tainos. The were known as the jibaros. There are a few jibaros left since the migration to the city happened. People call Puerto Ricans Hispanic which means, realating to or being a person of Latin American descent. Puerto Rico has a population 3,994,259 people. Spanish and English are the main languages in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricos Birth Rate is 12.61 births/1,000 population and the death rate is 7.88/1,000 population in 2008 est.
Marriage rate was 9.2 per 1000 persons and the divorce rate is 4.47 per 1000 persons in 2004. Religion in Puerto Rico is freedom of all faiths. Puerto Rico is 85% catholic, 8% Protestants, 2.3 % non- religious and 3% others. THe murder rate is 25.0.


Puerto Rican is part of my life because my family and I love to show our culture. My family and I are Hispanic. My stepmother was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico!!! My sisters and I where born here but since our parents and our grandparents were born in Puerto Rico we have Puerto Rican blood. Puerto Rican culture is also part of my life because once every year we go to Puerto Rico
. If you look at the beautiful sights and hear the roosters in the morning........ it is just so beautiful. Puerto Rico is a calm place to be at. If you need a vacation from all the cold weather and all the crazy things going on here it is the perfect place to go to. Even thou Puerto Rico is this beautiful place it still has bad things. Yes there is crimes in Puerto Rico, but not always.
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If you would like to learn more you could go to these web sites:

http://welcome.topuertorico.org/index.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico