The groundbreaking book Citizens Without A State clearly explains the law and history behind the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico.
But when you order a copy from Puerto Rico, you can see why this relationship continues to be confusing.
Correctly choose the United States as your country, and you will need to pick a state. But Puerto Rico is not a state. You can see that it should be there between Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, but it is not there. Puerto Rico is not a state. It is a territory belonging to the United States. So it doesn’t show up under states.
However, there is no drop-down menu for unincorporated territories. Where will you find Puerto Rico? Under “Country.”
Puerto Rico is not a country. It is a territory belonging to the United States.
The software that runs our shopping cart is WooCommerce. It is the most popular e-commerce software in the world. Why do they list Puerto Rico under “Country”? We asked for an explanation. Here’s what they told us:
It’s not a country, but it’s also not a US state. The International Organization for Standardization lists Puerto Rico as its own entity with its own country code, so it’s listed under countries along with similar territories.
Don’t worry when you order.
Go ahead and choose Puerto Rico from the Country menu. Human beings ship the packages, and they will not be confused. But the fact that you have to work around this — not only in our shopping carts, but in all the shopping carts using this software or the IOS system — is a sign of how unnatural Puerto Rico’s current territorial status is.
Being a territory… some would say a colony… makes no sense in the 21st century. Territories were new parts of our growing nation, being settled and growing into states. Puerto Rico should be a state. Join us in working toward statehood for Puerto Rico.
Then our checkout forms will be accurate.