San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan was first settled by Ponce de León in 1508. The fortress was attacked by the British in 1595, by the Dutch in 1625, and again by the British in 1797. Since 1898, the island has been a territory of the United States. Considered US citizens since 1917, Puerto Ricans have enjoyed a virtual self-rule under a constitution ratified in 1952.
Today, unlike other islands where agricultural products are the biggest exports, Puerto Rico has a largely industrial economy, with pharmaceuticals the biggest export. Like other Caribbean islands, tourism is probably the second biggest source of income.