Puerto Rico – Rich in Culture, Rich in History

Musica Jibara de Puerto Rico

Jíbaro is a term com­monly used in Puerto Rico to refer to mountain-dwelling peas­ants, but in mod­ern times it has gained a broader and, specif­i­cally, a nobler, cul­tural mean­ing. In Puerto Rico, the Jíbaro cul­ture has its ori­gins in the Native Taino cul­ture and the term Jíbaro usu­ally refers to “La Gente de la Mon­tañas” (the peo­ple of the inte­rior moun­tain­ous regions of Puerto Rico) and emerged in the 16th cen­tury with the blend­ing of the Pre-Columbian Native Taino and Span­ish Euro­pean cul­tures in the cen­tral moun­tains of the island of Puerto Rico.

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