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History[edit | edit source]

Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898, after the Spanish-American War, when Spain renounced all claim to Puerto Rico after four centuries of political control. Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth (also known as an unincorporated territory) of the United States. Puerto Ricans have been United States citizens since 1917. [1]

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Barrios[edit | edit source]

Barrios of Puerto Rico are the administrative divisions of the municipalities. A barrios is similar to a civil township or precinct.

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

The municipalities of Puerto Rico are the main administrative divisions of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. There are 78 municipalities. Each is led by a mayor with a municipal legislature and are divided into barrios.

Governor[edit | edit source]

Since 1900 the top level of government in Puerto Rico is the position of governor who has the overall responsibility of the state of the commonwealth.

Jurisdictions under Spanish Rule[edit | edit source]

The only references to jurisdictions before 1805 are those of the Catholic Church diocese.
For futher information: Puerto Rico Research Guide by Platt, Lyman De, PH.D.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "History of Puerto Rico," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_Puerto_Rico&oldid=986027760 (accessed November 13, 2020).