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Until 1782 the island was divided into the eastern district of Puerto Rico and the western one of San German.
About 1520 Caparra was abandoned for a more healthy site, and the city of San Juan de Puerto Rico was founded as the capital of the eastern district.
In time Puerto Rico became the name of the whole island.
The best modern critical account in Spanish is Salvador Brau, Puerto Rico y su historia (Valencia, 1894).
San Juan's Casals Festival honors Pablo Casals, the famous cellist who came to call Puerto Rico home.