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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico

Puerto Rico (Spanish for "Rich Port"), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and briefly called Porto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. An archipelago among the Greater Antilles, Puerto Rico ...

welcome.topuertorico.org/government.shtml

Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States. The chief of state is the President of the United States of America.

www.puertoricoreport.com/the-meaning-of-commonwealth

Puerto Rico is often called a commonwealth, but that is actually just a word in the official title of the government of Puerto Rico. Kentucky is also a commonwealth, as are Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Clearly, these states are no different from states like California and Arkansas, which do not refer to themselves ...

www.britannica.com/place/Puerto-Rico/The-commonwealth

Puerto Rico - The commonwealth: In addition to reforming the Puerto Rican economy, the PPD modified the island's political relationship with the United States. In October 1950 President Truman signed the Puerto Rico Commonwealth Bill, which enabled the island's people to establish their own constitution. Some Puerto ...

blog.oup.com/2017/09/understanding-puerto-ricos-commonwealth-status

Sep 30, 2017 ... Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. In the excerpt below, author Jorge Duany provides the necessary background for understanding the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's ...

www.pr51st.com/whats-a-commonwealth

The commonwealth system does not, however, describe a legal status different from Puerto Rico's constitutional status as a “territory” subject to congress's plenary authority under the Territory Clause “to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory… belonging to the United States.” .

ushistoryscene.com/article/puerto-rico

Last November, with all the hubbub surrounding the presidential election, you may have missed a historic moment for the little Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. For the first time, the majority of Puerto Ricans voted to become a U.S. State. This vote, although problematic in some ways (see Ben Fox's article “Puerto Rico vote  ...

www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/supreme_court_dispatches/2016/01/the_supreme_court_considers_puerto_rico_s_sovereignty_in_sanchez_valle.html

Jan 14, 2016 ... What the hell is Puerto Rico? Since America came into possession of the island in 1898, different governments have called it different things at different times, including a colony, a commonwealth, a territory, a republic, and a sovereign. Puerto Rico calls itself a commonwealth in English—though it is not a ...

www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/puerto-rico-question-answers-statehood-trnd/index.html

Jun 12, 2017 ... Puerto Rico is in an economic crisis. The commonwealth filed for municipal bankruptcy in May, and is in the hole for $70 billion owed to various creditors. Poverty is rampant, unemployment is high -- 11.5% -- and statehood supporters, including Rosselló, say the move could boost Puerto Rico's economy.