Vieques, Puerto Rico

Like Puerto Rico, Vieques was owned by the Spanish and was actually where they built their last fort in the New World. It was ceded to the U.S. after the Spanish-American War. Starting in the 1940s, the U.S. Navy actually owned about two-thirds of the island. After WWII ended, the Navy used the island for military exercises, including as a testing area for bombs and missiles. In May 2003, the Navy withdrew from Vieques, and now a majority of the land is designated a National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is actually one of the largest wildlife refuges in the Caribbea Continue reading Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Viajamos a Puerto Rico! (Part 1)

El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, it is approximately 28,000 acres of Carribean tropical rain forest, which is on the small size for a national forest. Much of the protected area is the Luquillo Mountains, with an elevation of 3,533 ft. above sea level. Like Table Mountain in Cape Town, it is named for a distinctive topographical feature. El yunque is Spanish for ‘the anvil’ and reflects the flattened top of the namesake mountain. Continue reading Viajamos a Puerto Rico! (Part 1)