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Puerto Rican Sea Life

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Rico's waters are full of fascinating marine life. From sea turtles to fish, from whales to sharks, there is plenty for scuba divers and snorkelers to discover while dipping below the surface. Besides the parrotfish, bananafish, sardines, groupers, red snappers, humpback whales and hawksbill turtles, there are many interesting little marine creatures worth discovering.

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Residencia Armstrong-Poventud – A Valuable Historic Landmark

Built in 1899, the Armstrong-Poventud House, also known as the Armstrong-Toro House or Casa de las Cariatides, is a superb example of the distinctive architecture used in the Historic Zone of Ponce in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The house was designed and built by Puerto Rican architect Manuel Victor Domenech for the influential Armstrong-Toro family, becoming a style that would be replicated by other wealthy homeowners at the time. It is located in the town square, opposite the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, as well as having served as the headquarters for the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP).

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Florencio Morales Ramos – Music to Unite a Nation

Better known as Ramito, singer, composer and trovador Florencio "Flor" Morales Ramos was considered to be the king of Puerto Rican Jibaro music, with his brothers Juan María (better known as Moralito) and Luis (better known as Luisito) also gaining recognition as Jibaro artists in Puerto Rico's music world. Born in a suburb of the city of Caguas on 5 September 1915, Ramito's love for music and talent for singing likely came from his mother, who had been an amateur singer and would sing while working in the sugarcane fields where Ramito worked at various jobs in his youth.

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Parque de la Abolición - Commemorating the End of an Era

Situated on Avenida Hostos in the city of Ponce, Parque de la Abolición serves as a reminder of Puerto Rico's era of slavery and the eventual abolition of this inhumane practice. Features of the park include a 100-foot tall obelisk which is a prominent landmark in the area. At the foot of the obelisk is a statue of a black male slave with broken chains, illustrating that he had been freed from the chains that once bound him, both literally and figuratively, when slavery was abolished in 1873. In addition to these two inspiring monuments, the park has beautifully landscaped gardens that can be enjoyed by visitors.

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Edificio José de Diego in Mayagüez – Historic Gem

More commonly referred to as the Rectoria, the Edificio José de Diego was constructed between 1913 and 1916 to serve as the Science department of the University of Puerto Rico campus in Mayagüez. In 1977 it was placed on the United States National Register of Historic Places, a directory run by the National Park Services of the US Department of the Interior, which assists property owners and special interest groups preserve buildings deemed to be of historic significance.

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Vega State Forest – Protecting Natural Resources

Stretching over an area included in the Vega Baja and Vega Alta municipalities of Puerto Rico, the Vega State Forest was created in 1952 with the main objective being to protect the island's underground fresh water supplies. Its varied terrain is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it an interesting attraction for nature enthusiasts to visit. Covering approximately 1,000 acres northwest of the town of Vega Alta, and accessed by Highway 676, the forest offers picnic facilities and a number of walking trails allowing visitors to explore the area.

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Visit the Historic Monument of Coloso Sugar Cane Refinery

Located near the town of Aguada, in the Porta Del Sol region of Puerto Rico, the Coloso Sugar Cane Refinery was one of the longest running sugar mills on the island - beginning production in the late 1820s and ceasing in 2003. In 1999, the sugar refinery was declared to be a historic monument, with the Coloso Valley classified as an agricultural reserve in the year 2000. Both are currently administered by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

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Julia de Burgos – Activist and Poet

Considered by many to have been the greatest Puerto Rican poet, and counted among the great poets of Latin America, Julia Constancia Burgos García was an outspoken activist on civil rights issues relating to women, as well as being an advocate for the independence of Puerto Rico and a promoter of literary works by Afro-Caribbean writers. The Julia de Burgos Park in Carolina, the place of her birth, features a sculpted bust of the poet by Puerto Rican sculptor Tomás Batista, and a number of landmarks, buildings and streets bear her name, both in Puerto Rico and the United States.

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