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OLD SAN JUAN, PR - FEBRUARY 15: An aerial view of Fort San Felipe del Morro February 15, 2002 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fort San Felipe del Morro is Puerto Rico's best-known fortress. Spanish troops fortified this 'morro', which means 'promontory', to keep seaborne enemies out of San Juan. Today it is preserved as a world heritage site. Over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways making the fort one of Puerto Rico's main visitor attractions. 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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OLD SAN JUAN, PR - FEBRUARY 15: An aerial view of Fort San Felipe del Morro February 15, 2002 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Fort San Felipe del Morro is Puerto Rico's best-known fortress. Spanish troops fortified this 'morro', which means 'promontory', to keep seaborne enemies out of San Juan. Today it is preserved as a world heritage site. Over two million visitors a year explore the windswept ramparts and passageways making the fort one of Puerto Rico's main visitor attractions. 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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