Puerto RicanA Puerto Rican is anyone who was born on the island of Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are mostly descendants of Spaniards who colonized the island, Tainos (a Native American tribe, the indigenous people of the island and the rest of the Americas) and of Africans who were brought as slaves. In the 1760s, when France took over the island of Corsica, many Corsicans settled in the southwestern section of Puerto Rico. Also, during the 1800s a large wave of Spanish immigrants, particularly from the Canary Islands, settled on the island and founded many of its towns. As Spain lost control of its former South American colonies, many Spanish loyalists emigrated to the island as well.
Puerto Rico became an American territory in 1898. The United States made the people of the island American citizens starting on March 2, 1917, with a law known as the Jones Act. Today, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth associated with the US.
Regardless of skin color or ethnic origin, Puerto Ricans are extremely proud of their heritage, culture and language, of their nationality separately from their status as American citizens.
A Puerto Rican is also any person whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, even if the person was born somewhere else.
See also: Famous Puerto Ricans