The flag of Puerto Rico is similar to that of Cuba as they were designed at the same time by the same activists.
When is Independence Day in Puerto Rico?
How long until Discovery of Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 211 Days.|
Dates of Discovery Day
|On 19 November 1493 Columbus landed on Puerto Rico, naming it San Juan Bautista in honor of Saint John the Baptist|
Discovery Day (Spanish: Día del Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico) is a public holiday in Puerto Rico observed on 19th November.
It marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the island in 1493.
History of Discovery Day
On 24 September 1493, Christopher Columbus embarked on his second voyage to the new world with 17 ships and over 1,200 soldiers.
On 19 November 1493 he anchored in a bay on the northwest coast of the island He named the island San Juan Bautista in honour of Saint John the Baptist. It has to be said that Columbus' naming convention seems to have been pretty haphazard - some islands got named after saints either because it was their feast day or honouring a church back in Spain. Some islands simply got named after the day of the week that he sighted them (Dominica - Sunday). However, in Puerto Rico's case none of this mattered in the end...
For 15 years, the islands were largely ignored, until Juan Ponce de León, a lieutenant under Columbus, was granted permission to explore the island in 1508. On the north coast he found a large bay that could harbour many sailing vessels; founding Caparra, the island's first European colony nearby. By 1521 the town had moved to the northern end of the harbour and renamed Puerto Rico ("Rich Port"). Over the years, the name Puerto Rico came to be applied to the whole island.
Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898. Everyone born on the island is an American citizen and holds a US passport.