Rico - Puerto Rico's history is long and confusing.
When the Spaniards arrived on the island, they waited nearly 300 years
before they bothered to try and record the islands history. By
that time the native population, the Tainos, had been pretty much
completely lost through
interbreeding, forced labor, and disease brought by the European
invaders, leaving the island dominantly populated by the mixed blood
Mestizos. The only thing that remains of the Taino today are
archaeological relics and recreated villages for tourists, though a
great many Puerto Ricans claim Taino heritage through ancestry.
white (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%,
Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%
While the Spanish ruled the Island, it was the target of numerous
invasion attempts by the French, English, and Dutch. As a result
Spain built numerous large forts on the island, many of which still
stand today, some have been been restored as a tourist draw.
Under Spanish rule the island also saw many uprisings, but all were as
unsuccessful as the invasion attempts. It wasn't until 1898 that
America invaded during the Spanish-American War. Following the
war, Spain was forced to relinquish the territories of Guam, Cuba, and
Puerto Rico to the United States rule. Puerto Rico has been a
commonwealth of the united states ever since, and anyone born on Puerto
Rican soil is legally a United States citizen.
Why Puerto Rico has never been made a state has been the ongoing
subject of debate for a long time. Their has also been minor
conflict over why the US does not simply release the country into
independence and self rule. This scenario is not likely, since
Puerto Rico provides the most important military stronghold in the
Atlantic for the Americans. Of course this was nearly lost during
the collapse. When it became evident that the US was severely
over stretching itself during the Second South Am Conflict, subversives
in Puerto Rico began an armed campaign to liberate the island from US
rule. They were opposed by American loyalists, and soon the
country found itself embroiled in a civil war. The skeleton crews
manning the US military bases on the island found themselves able to do
nothing but sit back and watch as Puerto Rico ate itself, the US
military had neither the money or personnel to spare quelling the
uprising . The civil war, consisting of sporadic attacks and
terrorist activities from both sides. The military bases on the
island were left unmolested save for a few minor incidents, but the
civil war smoldered on for ten years before the US had the ability to
step in finally in 2015 and put an end to the conflict in a short, but
devastatingly effective campaign. In the end, Puerto Rico was
given the same rights as held by the Free States (Alaska, Texas,
etc.....) though officially remains a commonwealth on the books.
While the war had been long and bloody, the collateral damage was
actually minimal, and most of the reconstruction on the island took
less than two years. Today, the island is much like it was, a
popular tourist destination, and strategic military position.
Biotechnica and other pharmaceutical companies have invested heavily in
the reconstruction efforts, and the island has become a leading
pharmaceutical and manufacturing center.
Puerto Rico's strategic importance will be key to the 3rd South
American conflict, and even now, military forces are being sent there
for the almost inevitable invasion to come. The U.S.S
Hyperion and its escorts has been anxiously re-deployed there from Africa and are
by Deric "D" Bernier.)