Category: History

Veteran tells tales of survival, death during World War II

Written by Denise Goolsby | The Desert Sun In 1936, at the age of 9, Lita Bowman and her family sailed from her birth home of San Juan, Puerto Rico to the United States, where they settled in New York City. Bowman was working as an interpreter/translator at the Waldorf Astoria when she joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1945. On July 28, 1945, Bowman’s colleagues gave her a farewell luncheon on the 17th floor of the historic hotel. “It was the day the airplane crashed into the Empire State Building,” she said. The aircraft hit the skyscraper after...

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Puerto Rico Status History (PDF’S)

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has a unique history as a part of the United States. United States suzerainty over Puerto Rico originated with the acquisition of the islands in 1898 after the conclusion of the Spanish-American War. For decades, the federal government administered government operations in Puerto Rico through military liaisons or civilian officials appointed by the President. Legislation enacted by Congress in 1950 (P.L. 81-600) and in 1952 (P.L. 82-447) granted Puerto Rico authority to establish a republican form of local government through a constitution approved by the citizens of Puerto Rico and the Congress in 1952...

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Revolt in Puerto Rico For Independence

October 30 is the sixtieth anniversary of the 1950 Independence Revolt in Puerto Rico by the island’s Nationalist Party. It marked the most significant attempt at armed revolution in Puerto Rico since the late nineteenth century. Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez, who’s written extensively on the uprising, discusses its significance....

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Ponce de Leon returns home to find war

    Written by   Sam Turner St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum OCTOBER 13, 1513 — O Antón de Alaminos and the caravel San Cristóbal, tasked with continuing the search for the island of Bimini, had parted company with Juan Ponce de León and the remaining caravels Santiago and Santa María de la Consolación at the island of Guatao on Sept. 17. Shortly thereafter, Juan Ponce and his two ships departed the Lucayan islands. Along with them went Diego Miruelo and his shipwrecked crew, who were suspected of spying on the expedition and acting under the orders of Diego Columbus,...

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Patron Saint of San Cristóbal

By Murat Tanyel | TrekEarth Today, we are staying at San Cristóbal. Taking a few steps forward in yesterday’s photo and turning left would bring us to this courtyard where an open air chapel dedicated to Santa Bárbara, the patron saint of San Cristóbal, is located. Santa Bárbara was an early Christian saint of the 3rd century A.D. from Asia Minor. She is the patron saint of any person in danger of fire or explosion. Cannoneers prayed for her intercession before working with dangerous big guns. In the foreground, you can see my two companions Mighty Mini (yellow) and Surprising Skoda (white with red and blue stripes) paying homage to Santa Bárbara. Mighty Mini is the name I gave to my Hotwheels rendition of a souped-up 60s Mini Cooper (2000 First Editions #30). Surprising Skoda is the Matchbox version of a Skoda 130 LR (from the 1-75 lineup of 1987). Back in 2009, I was an avid collector of these ~ 1/64 scale model cars and these two were my travelling companions. They lived in my camera bag and I would take their photos on each trip I...

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