In 1508, the Spanish granted settlement rights to Juan Ponce de León, who established a settlement at Caparra and became the first governor.
In 1519 Caparra had to be relocated to a nearby coastal islet with a healthier environment; it was renamed Puerto Rico ("Rich Port") for its harbor, among the world's best natural bays.
Immigrant communities erected villages and family associations which reproduced the social structure of their home villages.Temples and churches were built to preserve traditional religious practices while language schools were founded to maintain the language and cultural integrity of the younger generation. Without many women, children, or families, these “bachelor societies” were often lonely.The Port staff will then bring the barrel to the Customs examination area where the Port officials will inform you that the barrel is ready to be examined by the Customs & Excise officers.THE CUSTOMS & EXCISE DIVISION – At this stage, the Customs & Excise Officer will request that you produce: The officer will then ask you to declare what articles you have imported in the barrel.Puerto Rico retains its strategic importance, housing the U. Army Southern Command and other military facilities. Puerto Rico includes the surrounding small islands, including Culebra and Vieques to the east and Mona to the west.
Mona is a nature reserve and wildlife refuge under government jurisdiction.The total land area, including the smaller islands, is 3,427 square miles (8,875 square kilometers).The tropical island ecosystem is unique and diversified in spite of industrialization and urban sprawl.To report idiots in chat, click through to their profile, hit "Report User" link.The chatroom moderators have a * after their names.In carrying out this activity, one has to be mindful that different organizations play significant roles in the process and they are separate and apart from the Customs & Excise Division.