Mayaguez - Puerto Rico

Mayaguez on the west coast of Puerto Rico is the third largest city and is very crowded. There are some historic buildings around the Plaza Colon like the City Hall and a church, while the Teatro Yaguez is a striking building and has been restored. You can also visit the Tropical Agricultural Centre or the zoo and the beaches are not too far away. Puerto Rico's first inhabitants were the Taino Indians, who encountered Columbus in 1493. The Spanish quickly settled on the island, defending their territory against the Dutch and British. In 1897, Spain declared Puerto Rico an autonomous state, but after the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the U.S. and residents were granted American citizenship in 1917.