Learn a few fun facts about Puerto Rico and enjoy our collection of flag and map printables, including a flag colouring page.
A colourful street in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Learn a Little about Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico is an unincoporated territory of the US, lying approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, in the Caribbean Sea.
- The country has a population of approximately 3.75 million, but another 5 million people visit each year - many arriving by cruise ship. Spanish and English are the official languages.
- The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan, which is situation on the the main island. There are several smaller islands too.
- Christopher Columbus arrived in Puerto Rico in 1493 and the island became a Spanish colony. It remained Spanish until the end of the 19th century, despite attempts by the French, Dutch and British to take it away from them!
- Spaniards joined the indigenous Taino people to live on the island, followed later by African slaves.
- The United States acquired Puerto Rico in 1898, after the Spanish-American War, and in 1917 all Puerto Ricans were granted American citizenship and freedom of movement.
The coqui frog is native to Puerto Rico
- The coqui frog is native to Puerto Rico. They are onomatopoeically named, which means that their name sounds like the noise they make. They are very noisy at night!
- Basketball and boxing are popular sports, and Playa Quique Bravo is one of the world's best surfing and windsurfing beaches.
The Puerto Rico Flag
The Puerto Rico flag consists of 5 red and white stripes and a blue triangle on the left with a single white five-pointed star. The white star represents the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It was adopted in 1952.