'''Progress Island, U.S.A.''' is a 1973 Promotional short that extols the benefits of traveling, living and starting your business in UsefulNotes/PuertoRico. Interestingly, the short repeatedly highlights the similarities of Puerto Rico to the rest of the United States. The film was made encouraging businesses to take advantage of Project Bootstrap, and to move the family because, hey!, not only do we have a yearlong warm climate but [=McDonald's=], too![[note]]It's also smack dab in the middle of hurricane country, but who's nitpicking?[[/note]]

(And in a mild subversion, Project Bootstrap really ''did'' help Puerto Rico modernize and made it one of the wealthiest Caribbean isles.)

Compare with [[Film/AssignmentVenezuela Assignment: Venezuela]], another Latin-American travelogue short.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E21TheBeastOfYuccaFlats episode recap page]].

!!Progress Island, U.S.A. contains the following tropes:

* InsistentTerminology: Throughout the short, the narrator refers to Puerto Rico as Progress Island.
* FashionDissonance: [[TheSeventies Seventies]] fashions proliferate throughout, naturally; but one tourist mom is wearing what has to be the widest, loudest, plaidest, bell-bottomest trousers in the history of ever. (And she has HartmanHips too, so you really do get an eyeful.)
* TheSeventies: From the fashions to the technology, and not forgetting the score! "With wah-wah pedals playing constantly!"
* {{Zeerust}}:
** Record players[[note]]'''Crow:''' Comes with a free Music/PeterFrampton album![[/note]] and DEC PDP-11 computers are highlighted as products of Puerto Rico's cutting edge industry.
** Of note is what is perhaps a sculpture of a transistor outside of DEC's factory.
** Rum, on the other hand, is timeless. ''(hiccup)''
** So is sugar. ''(hyper)''