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Descriptor English: Puerto Rico
Descriptor Spanish: Puerto Rico
Descriptor Portuguese: Porto Rico
Descriptor French: Porto Rico
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900.750
Z01.639.880.750
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D011647
Scope note: An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies. Its capital is San Juan. It is a self-governing commonwealth in union with the United States. It was discovered by Columbus in 1493 but no colonization was attempted until 1508. It belonged to Spain until ceded to the United States in 1898. It became a commonwealth with autonomy in internal affairs in 1952. Columbus named the island San Juan for St. John's Day, the Monday he arrived, and the bay Puerto Rico, rich harbor. The island became Puerto Rico officially in 1932. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p987 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p436)
Annotation: an island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies; for Puerto Rico as a geog entity (as in epidemiol articles) & for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico; for Puerto Ricans living in the United States as an ethnic group, coord PUERTO RICO /ethnol (NIM) + HISPANIC AMERICANS (IM)
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
DeCS ID: 12083
Unique ID: D011647
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Puerto Rico - Preferred
Concept UI M0018118
Scope note An island in the Greater Antilles in the West Indies. Its capital is San Juan. It is a self-governing commonwealth in union with the United States. It was discovered by Columbus in 1493 but no colonization was attempted until 1508. It belonged to Spain until ceded to the United States in 1898. It became a commonwealth with autonomy in internal affairs in 1952. Columbus named the island San Juan for St. John's Day, the Monday he arrived, and the bay Puerto Rico, rich harbor. The island became Puerto Rico officially in 1932. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p987 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p436)
Preferred term Puerto Rico



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