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MONA ISLAND, PR - DECEMBER 05: A hunter makes his way along the cliffs of Mona Island on the lookout for feral prey December 5, 2001, on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. From December through April, hunting is permitted in order to control the population of non-endemic species such as pigs and goats. Puerto Rico was an outpost of Spanish colonialism for 400 years, until the United States took possession in 1898. Today Puerto Rico's Spanish-speaking culture reflects its history - a mix of African slaves, Spanish settlers, and Taino Indians. Puerto Ricans fight in the U.S. armed forces but are not entitled to vote in presidential elections. They passionately debate their relationship with the U.S. with about half the island wanting to become the 51st state and the other half wanting to remain a U.S. commonwealth. A small percentage feel the island should be an independent country. While locals grapple with the evils of a burgeoning drug trade and unchecked development, drumbeats still drive the rhythms of African-inspired bomba music. (Photo By Amy Toensing) _________________________________

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MONA ISLAND, PR - DECEMBER 05: A hunter makes his way along the cliffs of Mona Island on the lookout for feral prey December 5, 2001, on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. From December through April, hunting is permitted in order to control the population of non-endemic species such as pigs and goats. Puerto Rico was an outpost of Spanish colonialism for 400 years, until the United States took possession in 1898. Today Puerto Rico's Spanish-speaking culture reflects its history - a mix of African slaves, Spanish settlers, and Taino Indians. Puerto Ricans fight in the U.S. armed forces but are not entitled to vote in presidential elections. They passionately debate their relationship with the U.S. with about half the island wanting to become the 51st state and the other half wanting to remain a U.S. commonwealth. A small percentage feel the island should be an independent country. While locals grapple with the evils of a burgeoning drug trade and unchecked development, drumbeats still drive the rhythms of African-inspired bomba music. (Photo By Amy Toensing) _________________________________<br />
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For stock or print inquires, please email us at studio@moyer-toensing.com.