Playing Cards

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/17/2009

These hand-painted playing cards or naipes are from the 19th century. Most playing cards used in Puerto Rico and the rest of Latin America were imported from Spain and were used for both gaming and fortune-telling. They differ in both number and suits from the standard card decks used in North America.

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