This Is How A Mapmaker Messed Up Puerto Rico For Ever

Hundreds of years ago there was this city called Puerto Rico which was the capital of the island of San Juan. Yes, you’ve read that right. Puerto Rico was a city and San Juan was the island, not the other way round.

In 1521 though, a Spanish mapmaker accidentally switched the two names by mistake and, therefore, San Juan became the city and Puerto Rico the island. As you can probably tell, the names stuck.

It’s amazing how a small misconception 500 years ago defined the world as we know it today!

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