One of the particularities of Puerto Rico is that it’s usually considered by international organizations not as a State itself, but instead it may be treated as any other State within the US. That’s to say, Puerto Rico is not a United Nations member (to be in the UN you must be a sovereign nation); it isn’t an OECD* member either; nor is it an ECLAC** full member but an associate member together with the British Virgin Islands, the Netherlands Antilles and the US Virgin Islands.
However, in the popular belief of Latin Americans, we tend to treat Puerto Rico as a State itself for obvious reasons: language, religion, music…
I was working out this morning to the rhythm of Newyorican singer Tito Puente on my Ipod and listened to this song called “Fiesta con Puente“. It goes something like this:
“Panameño, panameño vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Argentina y Venezuela, vámonos de fiesta que con Tito Puente va a gozar mi gente.
Brasileiro y Colombiano…”
I was actually kind of pleased to hear that Tito also thought of Puerto Rico as a single Nation, far away from the American culture and, instead, closer to the Latin American fiesta spirit.
Fiesta con Puente
* OECD: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
** ECLAC: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean