Puerto Rico’s Culture, History, and Food Essay

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Puerto Rico better known as “Rich Port” is 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). It sits off the coast of southern Florida. It surrounds some of the deepest waters in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Also it is a part of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico is composed of year-round mild climate, and has many white, sandy beaches and extraordinary hotels. Puerto Rico is made up of four main land regions: the coastal lowlands, the coastal valleys, the foothills, and the central mountains. The largest city and capital is San Juan, which is located in the lowlands. Furthermore most of Puerto Rico’s crops such as sugar cane, coconuts, and other tropical fruits are grown in the coastal valleys. Pineapples, bananas, and other tropical fruits flourish in the …show more content…
Puerto Rican’s are naturally friendly which also makes them fond of their “fiestas”, or holiday celebrations. (Puerto Rico the Profile pg. 5) Because they are naturally friendly they are hospitable and eager to open their homes to friends and new comers.

Puerto Rico has grown in importance to the U.S, but the U.S is more important to Puerto Rico. (Puerto Rico the Profile pg 4) Its currency is the same as the U.S; they just use Spanish words to describe their money. At one period in time when the fare for traveling was cheap, many Puerto Ricans took advantage and moved to the Mainland. Many Puerto Ricans reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hartford, or Newark. Not surprisingly more Puerto Ricans live in New York than in their own island’s capital. With a large percentage of them in New York they are able to establish their own town within the city. Today many Caribbean cruise ships call at San Juan’s harbor. Locals call their cuisine "cocina criolla". Most Puerto Rican recipes consist of sofrito, it is a flavorful mix based on onions, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, cilantro, recao, and garlic.

Their meats are usually seasoned with adobo (seasoning salt) which is a mix of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground black pepper. Arroz con glandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles, and lechon asado (roasted pork) is Puerto Rico’s main dish during Christmas time. During the rest of the

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