On December 10, 1898, the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War. As a result of the treaty, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were ceded to the United States, and Cuba gained independence from Spain. The Spanish empire in the New World came to an end.
After the Spanish-American War, baseball became popular in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League was founded in 1938 with teams in San Juan, Ponce, Caguas, Guayama, and Humacao. Today, professional baseball in Puerto Rico is played between November and December. Here are some facts from the U.S. Census Bureau concerning Puerto Rico’s current baseball towns:
In December 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau released the first 3-year estimates for the Puerto Rico Community Survey. The estimates were based on data from the 2005, 2006, and 2007 surveys. The Census Bureau began conducting the Puerto Rico Community Survey in January 2005.
Puerto Rico was first enumerated by the Census Bureau for the U.S. War Department in 1899, following the Spanish-American War. The Census Bureau conducted the first economic census of the island in 1909. Puerto Rico has been included as part of the decennial census since 1910.
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