Porto Rico

Porto Rico, a West Indian island, half the size of Wales, 75 m. E. of Hayti, is well watered and very fertile. Ranges of hills run from E. to W., and are covered with valuable timber. Sugar, coffee, and rice are the principal crops; tobacco and tropical fruits are grown; cattle and horses are reared. Textile goods, hardware, and provisions are imported; the exports are sugar, coffee, tobacco, and cattle. The capital is St. John's (24), Mayaguez (27), and Ponce (40), the other towns. The island was discovered by Columbus, who called it Hispaniola, in 1493. Colonised by Spain in 1510, it attempted unsuccessfully to gain independence in 1820-23. The abolition of slavery in 1873, and the growth of population, marked the remainder of its history as a Spanish colony. It was seized by the United States in the war of 1898.

Population (circa 1900) given as 814,000.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Portland Vase * Portobello
Portcullis
Porte, Sublime
Porteous Mob
Porter, Jane
Porter, Noah
Porteus, Beilby
Portia
Portland
Portland, Isle of
Portland Vase
Porto Rico
Portobello
Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Portugal
Poseidon
Posen
Posidonius
Positivism
Posse Comitatus
Post Restante

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