The impoverished Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico has operated under colonial and commonwealth rule for more than 500 years. First by Spain and then by the United States after it won the 1898 Spanish-American War.
Puerto Ricans - who are American citizens - voted last week in favour of sending the US Congress a message: it's time to make the territory a US state.
It was the first such referendum to pass in more than 45 years.
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