U.S. Territories: Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, and Guam

December 17, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
U.S. territories are often ruled by their own civilian governments, yet they must adhere to applicable sections of the United States constitution. In the case of Puerto Rico, some residents enjoy their semi-sovereign status, while others would prefer a move towards statehood.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is full of life. On a trip to this tiny island, you'll experience its upbeat Latin music,  tropical climate, and Caribbean cuisine. Puerto Rico's political status is that of a United States Commonwealth. While its government and internal administration are run autonomously, it also adheres to relevant portions of the U.S. constitution and law.
Want to view some spectacular photos of Puerto Rico? Links for all the towns in Puerto Rico have been created on this site, so you can explore every part of the island without leaving home. In addition to cities, this site organizes photos into dozens of other categories (i.e. flowers, birds, etc).
Puerto Rico Wow is an online news source that will keep you up-to-date on the latest information about Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican cuisine uses plenty of coriander, papaya, cacao, and plantains. Read about this culture’s yummy cuisine, view pictures, learn cooking tips, and get inspired to embark on your own culinary adventure! Note: While the images on this site are universally appetizing, some of the recipes are available only in Spanish.

The Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, along with Water Island, as well as many other surrounding minor islands. Conceded to U.S. in 1916, the U.S. Virgin Islands were originally part of the Danish West Indies.
In addition to news and weather, the Virgin Island Daily News offers guides to each of the Islands, photos, and information about local entertainment.
The U.S. Geological Society provides real-time and scientific data on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among other things, find out how hurricane season affects the area.
Watch a film and browse a photo gallery from the U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Association. Although the film is promotional material from the Tourism Department’s film office, it offers breathtaking scenery and a good introduction to the area.


Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Like Puerto Rico, it is an organized and unincorporated territory run by a civilian government. The main industries on this tropical island are military bases and tourism.
Sparkling blue waters, lush palm tree forests. Words don’t do justice to Guam’s beauty, so see it for yourself and take a look at photos of the island.
With nearly two-dozen maps, this site provides images of Guam’s topography, cities, parks, historic landmarks, as well as aerial views.
Beginning with its discovery by Magellan in 1521 and leading up to its present day status as a U.S. territory, this history of Guam offers an engaging and thorough picture of this Southern Pacific island.
Characteristic of the Mariana Islands, Latte Stones “are stone pillars of ancient houses notable for their two-piece construction: the supporting column (halagi) is topped with a capstone (tasa).” This site has quality information and illustrations, but the background design can be a bit distracting.

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