Archaeological evidence suggests that Vieques was inhabited by ancient populations from America, who eventually left the continent between 3000 and 2000 ACN. However, the estimate of these dates varies greatly, and a fossilized skeleton of a 10,000-year-old man discovered in the late 1980s in the center of the southern region of the island indicates a much more recent presence . necessary]. These tribes had a Stone Age culture and were probably fishermen and hunter-gatherers.
The island is notified for the first time by a European by Christopher Columbus, along with Puerto Rico, during his second trip to the Americas.
The American Army in Vieques
The island of Vieques has been occupied for more than 60 years by the American army. After displacing the population, most of the island served as a training and testing camp for missiles and other armaments.
Concerned about the danger to the population and the environment, a major campaign of civic disobedience and demonstrations took place on the island for several years to appeal to international opinion. Numerous federal arrests took place during this period despite the general support of the population, local political forces and internationally recognized artists. Finally, the contract of requisition by the American army was not renewed and on May 1, 2003, George W. Bush announces the withdrawal of the army of Vieques.
Since the departure of the army, the island is the target of many speculation real estate and the prices of the lands have flew.
Tourism and the cultures of citrus fruits, bananas, avocados and sugar cane are the main economic resources of Vieques.
This island, although very pretty, is best known for its training camp of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is accessible by boat in 1 hour from Fajardo, or 30 minutes from the small island of Culebra, and by plane from San Juan in 20 minutes. The island is a place famous for scuba diving, and is home to one of the three bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico, called Mosquito Bay.