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With it's first settlement founded in 1508 by Ponce de Leon, Puerto Rico has a long history of colonization. Literally translated as "rich port", the island was historically know for it's transports of gold and silver from the new world to Europe. The city's capitol, San Juan, is depicted in Eric's painting of this caribbean island. Many walls and fortifications built by the Spanish government are still intact and surround the city. The vibrant culture is not only reflected in their art, food and music, but also the colorful architecture that abounds throughout the city.