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Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Barrios[edit | edit source]

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

Municipalities[edit | edit source]

Municipalities are the level where most birth, marriage, and death records are kept.

The municipalities of Puerto Rico are the main administrative divisions of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. There are 78 municipalities. Each lead 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.

History[edit | edit source]

Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898, when Spain relinquished all control after four centuries of 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 under Spanish Rule[edit | edit source]

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





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History[edit | edit source]

Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898, when Spain relinquished all control after four centuries of 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. [2]

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

Barrios[edit | edit source]

Barrios of Puerto Rico are the 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 lead 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: Perto Rico Research Guide by Platt, Lyman De, PH.D.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Puerto Rico," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Puerto_Rico&oldid=989023479 (accessed November 13, 2020).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Puerto Rico," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Puerto_Rico&oldid=989023479 (accessed November 13, 2020).