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shelby holliday
November 21, 2013

Geo Week 2013: The Island of Enchantment


Scott: Alright. Now we are wrapping up Geography Awareness Week and this time we are headed to some warm beaches. And, yes, that was absolutely a hint, by the way.

Shelby: Hey, everyone! I am on a beautiful Caribbean island that is a territory of the United States, and its nickname is ‘the island of enchantment.’ So do you know which island I am on?

Well, that is today’s geo quiz question. Is it:

A. Nassau

B. Guam

C. Bermuda

D. Puerto Rico

You have got ten seconds!

Time is up! The right answer is “D.” The beautiful island of Puerto Rico is also known as the island of enchantment.

The nickname is translated from the Spanish phrase isla del encanto, which was coined after Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico in 1493. The island quickly became known for its remarkable range of natural beauty, including a rainforest, bioluminescent bays, and a massive underground cave system. These rich, natural wonders have helped put Puerto Rico on the map. And on the surface, the island of enchantment appears to live up to its magical name. But look deeper, and you will see that America’s Caribbean territory is suffering from a wide range of problems, including environmental threats from global warming, economic issues that have led to high unemployment and poverty rates, and political tensions rooted in a debate about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. To help turn things around, Puerto Rico is going back to its roots. The island’s government is trying to attract more tourists, and tourism dollars, by encouraging modern-day explorers to come experience the beautiful island of enchantment.

Shelby Holliday, Channel One News.

Scott: And if you can’t get enough of Geo Week, we have got all of this week’s segments plus a quiz from the National Geography Bee for you over at


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