-Before I start, I wish to say that the history presented here belongs more to the Scottish Rite. The York Rite arrived later to Puerto Rico. There are no lodges from the Swedish Rite in Puerto Rico.
Moreover, the lodges name will be written in Spanish as most are called in such language.-
The Masonic history in Puerto Rico begins in the year 1803, however, these lodges answered to different foreign Grand Lodges, like those in France, Spain, Cuba, Santo Domingo, and even Pennsylvania, USA. The first known lodge that existed Puerto Rico was called "Restauración", and it was founded in 1811 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. This lodge was created with the help of the Grand Lodge Unida de Colón, Cuba. This Grand Lodge and the one from Puerto Rico were under the Spanish domain, the Grand Orient of Spain. In 1863, the Grand Lodge of Venezuela founded the lodge Boriquén #57 after Puerto Rico had contact with South America, which was done after France took temporarily the island as a colony. However, even after all these, the most solid masonic lodge in Puerto Rico was called Unión Germana, which was founded in San Germán, Puerto Rico. This lodge was founder under order of the Grand Lodge of Santo Domingo.
After Puerto Rico had its first provincial lodge in 1884, the Grand Lodge of Colón, Cuba, let Puerto Rico found its own Grand Lodge, which is known as the Grand Lodge Soberana of Free and Accepted Mason in 1885. Though the Grand Lodge was founded first at Mayagüez, the Lodge was relocated in San Juan, which is the capital of Puerto Rico. At first, there were 14 lodges active at that time, but of those 14 lodges, only 7 still remain active today. Those remaining lodges are: Adelphia #1 at Mayagüez, Tanamá #2 at Arecibo, Estrella de Luquillo #5 at San Juan, Aurora #7 at Ponce, Unión #10 at Guayama, San Juan Bautista #12 at San Juan, and Iris de Paz #13 at Arroyo. The most worshipful brother Santiago Palmer (1844-1908) was our first Grand Master, who was once held prisoner at El Morro as Freemasonry was persecuted by the Spanish regime.
The Scottish Rite in Puerto Rico received its license by the USA Scottish Rite-Southern Jurisdiction in 1903. However, the York Rite reached Puerto Rico in 1903 after the USA invasion that happened in 1898 with only the Capitular Degrees. The Cryptic degrees were instituted in 1907, and the Chivalric degrees in 1977. There are 68 known Scottish Rite lodges, while only one York Rite lodge. There are also Shriner Order and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Grand Lodge Soberana