National Geographic : 1899 Mar
PORTO RICO* By ROBERT T. HILL, United States Geological Survey CONFIGURATION AND GEOLOGY Porto Rico is the most eastern and the smallest of the Great Antilles, being 500 square miles less in area than Jamaica. It is 95 miles long, 35 miles wide, and has an area of 3,668 square miles.t The coast-line is about 360 miles in length. Its area is 300 square miles greater than that of Delaware, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia combined, and 300 square miles less than that of Connecticut. At the same time, it is the most productive in proportion to area, the most densely settled, and the most established in its customs and institutions. It is also notable among the West Indian group for the reason that its preponderant population is of the white race, and that it pro duces foodstuffs almost sufficient to supply its inhabitants as well as some of the neighboring islands. MOUNTAIN SCENERY NEAR LARES * Published by permission of the Chief of the Division of Forestry of the Depart ment of Agriculture and the Director of the Geological Survey, under whose auspices the researches upon which this article is based were made. t The area of the island cannot be stated exactly. Some authorities give slightly dif ferent figures from the above.