When Columbus landed on these shores, he named the island San Juan Bautista, (St. John The Baptist) after Prince Juan, the son of the King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Due to the gold and exports shipped back to Spain from the harbor, the Spanish called the settlement the City of Puerto Rico, “rich port.” By early 16th Century, Juan Ponce de León had quickly turned Puerto Rico into the most important Spanish military post in the Caribbean.
In 1521, the names were inverted Puerto Rico for the island, and San Juan for the capital city.
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