How to Cook dishes from Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States of America. It is an island archipelago, consisting of the main island of Puerto Rico, as well as several smaller islands and keys, and is located in the Caribbean Sea, to the East of the Dominican Republic, and to the West of the Virgin Islands.
The first people to reach Puerto Rico are believed to have reached the island around 2000 BCE. The details of early settlement are obscure, since the native peoples were later almost entirely wiped out during the early Spanish period.
The Spanish period began in 1493 with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage - by 1508, the Spanish had appointed their first governor (Juan Ponce de León). For almost four hundred years, despite attacks by Britain, France, and the Netherlands, and several revolts, Puerto Rico remained a Spanish colony.
In 1898, during the Spanish-American war, US forces invaded Puerto Rico, and a result of that, and the subsequent Treaty of Paris which ended the war, Puerto Rico has been a US territory ever since.
Puerto Rican cuisine has developed an interesting cuisine, derived from many diverse sources, in part as a result of a combination of these historical influences, as well as of course exploiting local ingredients. Some dishes are derived from the original Amerindian inhabitants of the island, there are also many dishes influenced by Spanish cuisine, and of course, US cuisine has also left its mark.
Some popular Puerto Rican dishes include:
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