Saturday, April 11, 2009

A lovely postcard from Puerto Rico!

Many thanks to Gavin for sending this awesome postcard from Puerto Rico!Located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico is composed of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and keys, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. The main island of Puerto Rico is the smallest by land area and second smallest by population among the four Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico).
This beautiful postcard depicts the streets of Old San Juan. The city was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"). Puerto Rico's capital is the second oldest European-established city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristobál, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.
The stamp franked on this postcard belongs to the "Geography & Meteorology" series, issued by United States Postal Administration on 12th May 2008.
Puerto Rico does not issue its own postage stamps as it is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States.

2 comments:

  1. I didn't know puerto rico didn't have its own stamps

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  2. Really very informative blog!

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