Puerto Rico

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PUERTO RICO is the most easterly of the Greater Antilles Islands and lies in the Caribbean Sea between the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands. It is a self-governing commonwealth in association with the USA, and its people are US citizens.

The country includes the main island, Puerto Rico, the two small islands of Vieques and Culebra, and a fringe of smaller uninhabited islands. The climate is tropical, modified slightly by cooling sea breezes.

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The main mountains in Puerto Rico are the Cordillera Central, which reaches 1,338 meters or 4,390 feet at the peak of Cerro de Punta.

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Dairy farming is the most important agricultural activity, but the whole agricultural sector has been overtaken by industry in recent years. Tax relief and cheap labor encourage American businesses based in Puerto Rico. Products include textiles, clothing, electrical and electronic goods, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals.

Tourism is another developing industry, and there is the prospect of oil exploration both on and offshore. San Juan is one of the largest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean.

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