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Puerto Rico

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

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Country Name

Puerto Rico, or officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Puerto Rico is an archipelago among the Greater Antilles located between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, It is bordered to the west by Haití and the Dominican Republic, separated by the Mona Passage, to the east by the Virgin Islands, to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is under the U.S. customs authority.

Mayotte location


San Juan.

Reason for naming the country

Puerto Rico is a Spanish word that means"rich port".

Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquén a derivation of Borikén, its indigenousTaíno name, which means "Land of the Valiant Lord".

The island is also popularly known in Spanish as La Isla del Encanto, meaning "the island of enchantment".

Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist, while the capital city was named Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City").