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Admiral Schley Leaves U.S.S. Brooklyn
Admiral Schley leaves U.S.S. Brooklyn for Puerto Rico soon after U.S. forces took over the island

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U.S. Raised the Flag in Puerto Rico
October 18, 1898

Did you know that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth territory of the United States, even today? On October 18, 1898, American troops fighting the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico, and the U.S. officially took control of the former Spanish colony.

Puerto Rico has a long history of invasions. Spanish exploration of the island began in 1493, when Christopher Columbus visited there. In 1508, the Spanish established their first settlement in the town of Caparra.

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