“Originally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, the island [Puerto Rico - ‘Rich Port’] was claimed in 1493 by Christopher Columbus for the Crown of Castile during his second voyage.”
“The Taíno became nearly extinct as a culture following settlement by Spanish colonists, primarily due to infectious diseases for which they had no immunity. The first recorded smallpox outbreak in Hispaniola was in either December 1518 or January 1519.”
" In 1898, following the Spanish–American War, the United States acquired Puerto Rico along with other Spanish colonies under the terms of the Treaty of Paris."
“At the 2010 U.S. census, 1,098 people in Puerto Rico identified themselves as “Puerto Rican Indian,” 1,410 identified as “Spanish American Indian,” and 9,399 identified as “Taíno.” In total, 35,856 Puerto Ricans considered themselves Native American.”
Source: Wikipedia; ‘Puerto Rico & Taino’
If you read the source articles - well - maybe a mass migration to the mainland wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
Apparently the Taino inhabited Cuba and Hispaniola at the time of contact. In fact the island name was ‘Ayiti’ - which is now remembered as Haiti.
Maybe the French could leave Haiti, etc…
Maybe the Greater Antilles could unite ?
Why not ~