Category Archives: Caribbean History

Captain Tim takes you on a tour of Caribbean history with postings about interesting history of the Caribbean. From Sugar Mills, to Lighthouses and facts about how life has changed (or stayed the same) over the last several centuries.

We’re Just Getting Started

Three Kings Day Today is December, 26th, and the Christmas season is just getting started here in Puerto Rico. As a child growing up in the states, I would anxiously await Christmas Day, knowing that the festivities would all be over on the 26th.  Here in Puerto Rico, January, 6, also known as Three Kings […]

Fun Taino Facts about Puerto Rico

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Who doesn’t love a good factoid?  Here are some of our favorites about the Taino Indians, the native population found in Puerto Rico.  If we missed Taino fact please comment and let us know! Back in the day before the Caribbean islands were discovered, men sailed the seas in great discomfort. When they slept, they […]

Fun Historical Factoids about Puerto Rico

Who doesn’t love a good historical factoid?  Here are some of our favorites about the history of Puerto Rico.  If we missed one please comment and let us know! Gothic churches are rare in the New World, but Puerto Rico has two: Porta Coeli, built in 1606 in San German and San Jose, built in […]

5 Fun Flora and Fauna Facts about Puerto Rico

Who doesn’t love a good flora and fauna facts?  Here are some of our favorites about the flora and fauna of Puerto Rico.  If we missed one please comment and let us know! Flora and Fauna Fact #1: Mona and Monito Islands are located between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. These small islands are […]

Fun Geography / Landscape Factoids about Puerto Rico

Who doesn’t love a good factoid?  Here are some of our favorites about the landscape and geography of Puerto Rico.  If we missed one please comment and let us know!   The world’s 3rd largest underground river is in Camuy, Puerto Rico El Yunque in Puerto Rico is the only tropical rainforest in the US […]

Cuba Libre: A Quick and Easy Caribbean Cocktail

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It seemed the right time to talk about a Cuba Libre as the US begins to normalize relations with Cuba. In honor of this historic change, we bring you the Cuba Libre Cocktail. It has a rather interesting history that ties Bacardi (a once Cuban, now Puerto Rican rum) with Coca Cola and a whole […]

Historic Tiles of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is best known for Pina coladas and Salsa music but it is also home to beautiful examples of Spanish Colonial and modern Caribbean architecture. One of the often overlooked examples of native Puerto Rican architecture and design are floor tiles. As you travel throughout the island, be sure to look down! Many of […]

4 Places to Find Taino Symbols in Puerto Rico

The symbology and imagery of the original Taino Indians has become a popular motif in Puerto Rican art and culture over the last years. Taino symbols can now be found everywhere – from the mundane such as tattoos and car stickers, to local souvenirs and art. However, sometimes you want to see them for themselves […]

Puerto Rico History: Trains

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The 2nd Convention of the Train of Puerto Rico will be held from August 29-31, 2014 in Isabel. For more information and itinerary, Click Here. Once upon a time, Puerto Rico had a robust train system that has since fallen, but the history of the railroad system is tied up with the history of Puerto […]

Great Resources for Children about Puerto Rico

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We often get requests from teachers or kids doing school projects about Puerto Rico.  In fact, the picture above is a photo of a student’s project about the coqui, using one of our plush coqui keychains with sound chip as part of the project! If you are a teacher looking for lesson plans and activity […]