Essay sitations. I pray for their safe return to their loved ones. I ask that you keep them safely in the palms of your loving hands surround them with your guardian angels. The Taínos the indigenous people called the island Boriquén Tierra del alto señor ( " Land of the Noble Lord" ). Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico in 1493 during his second voyage naming it San Juan Bautista. In 1508 who established a settlement at Caparra , the Spanish granted settlement rights to Juan Ponce de León became the first governor.