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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