Starbucks Puerto Rico Icon Mug

ABOUT THE DESIGN OF STARBUCKS PUERTO RICO ICON MUG

Starbucks Puerto Rico front deign features El Cañuelo.

Fortín San Juan de la Cruz, better known as el Cañuelo, is located on Isla de Cabras, Puerto Rico.

El Cañuelo is part of San Juan National Historic Site

This fort was originally built in wood in 1610. Due to its location at the entrance of the San Juan bay, and in front of the Fort San Felipe del Morro, across the bay, it provided a strategic point to create a crossfire for any invading ships entering the bay, filling a gap in the artillery coverage. It is said that, at one time, there was a huge chain crossing from El Morro to El Cañuelo that was stretched during attacks to provide a physical barricade across the bay entrance. The fort also guarded the mouth of the Bayamón River on the other side. The fort played an important role during a Dutch attack to the island. At that time it was burnt to ashes. However,

the Spaniards rebuilt it in the 1670s

On May 12, 1898, during the Spanish-American War, El Canuelo was bombarded by the U.S. Navy, this engagement is considered part of the larger engagement; the Bombardment of San Juan.

Mug # 80| Puerto Rico Starbucks Icon MugStarbucks Puerto Rico front deign

Mug # 80| Puerto Rico Starbucks Icon MugABOUT PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States

located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico comprises an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area of the Greater Antilles. However, it ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which also include Cuba, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), and Jamaica. Due to its location, Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate and also experiences the Atlantic hurricane season. Originally populated for centuries by indigenous aboriginal peoples known as Taínos, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493. Under Spanish rule, the island was colonized and the indigenous population was forced into slavery and nearly wiped out due to, among other things, European infectious diseases. The remaining population was emancipated by King Charles I in 1520. Spain possessed Puerto Rico for over 400 years, despite attempts at capture of the island by the French, Dutch, and British. The Spanish Crown, in an attempt to keep Puerto Rico from gaining its independence, revived the Royal Decree of Graces of 1815. The decree was printed in three languages — Spanish, English and French — and it fostered the immigration of hundreds of non-Spanish European families. The relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States dates back to the Spanish-American War, in which Spain, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris of 1898, ceded the island to the United States.

Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, and the United States Congress legislates many aspects of Puerto Rican life

However, the islanders may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. Since 1947, Puerto Ricans have been able to elect their own governor. Its official languages are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language.

The island’s current political status, including the possibility of statehood or independence, is widely debated in Puerto Rico.

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