The Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church of Puerto Rico, under the direction of Rev. Jesse Martinez, not only has a growing and thriving church on the island of Puerto Rico, but has also begun a church plant in the Dominican Republic as well as one in Peru.
Jesse & Linda Martinez
This church is a self-supporting church. Work was organized in 1963.
Puerto Ricans are 75% Europeans (Spaniards, French, etc.) about 20% Taíno Indians and about 5% Black
81.3 percent of the population are Catholic; Evangelical Protestant- 15 percent.
Spanish and English (both official); with the United States, English is used. Compulsory introduction of English in education, administration, and communications was supported when in 1993 it was declared joint official language together with Spanish.
The New Progressive Party (PNP), led by Pedro Rosselló, advocating total integration – or annexation – to the US as the 51st state of the Union; the Democratic People’s Party (PPD), founded in 1938 by Luis Muñoz Marín, supports the current Commonwealth status; the Puerto Rican Renewal Party (PRP), a split of the PNP; the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PI), founded in 1946 from a breakup of the PPD, Social-democrat; the Communist Party (PC), founded in 1934, had intense activity which lost momentum following a strong repression in the 1950s; Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP), founded in 1971.
The Commonwealth of Free State in Association
Ponce 159,151 people; Bayamon 196,206; Caguas 92,429 (1990).
Pedro Roselló, Governor, in office since January 1993, re-elected in January 1997.
July 25, 1952, when the Constitution of Puerto Rico was established.
The smallest and easternmost island of the Greater Antilles. A central mountain range, covered with rainforests, runs across the island. In the highlands, subsistence crops are grown (corn, manioc); on the western slopes there are large coffee plantations and in the central region small tobacco farms. On the northern slopes citrus and pineapples are grown, exported to the United States. The main crop is sugar cane which uses the best farmlands along the coastline. The islands of Vieques (43 sq km), Mona (40 sq km) and Culebra also belong to Puerto Rico.