Category: Status Report

Stars May Be Changing

New Bill (H.R. 2499) pro­pos­es let­ting Puer­to Rico Vote on State­hood: U.S. may be adding a 51st state. On Tues­day, Puer­to Ricans vot­ed on their pre­ferred rela­tion­ship with the Unit­ed States. The largest share of vot­ers elect­ed to become a U.S. state. In a two-part ref­er­en­dum that caused some con­fu­sion, some 54 per­cent of vot­ers said they were dis­sat­is­fied with the rela­tion­ship. The sec­ond ques­tion asked whether vot­ers pre­ferred becom­ing a U.S. state, an inde­pen­dent coun­try, or a freely asso­ci­at­ed state (a type of inde­pen­dence in close alliance with the Unit­ed States). Some 61 per­cent of those who answered...

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The Changing of the Guard: Puerto Rico in 1898

by Maris­abel Brás, Ph.D. Of all Span­ish colo­nial pos­ses­sions in the Amer­i­c­as, Puer­to Rico is the only ter­ri­to­ry that nev­er gained its inde­pen­dence.  Inter­nal and geopo­lit­i­cal dynam­ics dur­ing the last quar­ter of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, nev­er­the­less, brought dra­mat­ic polit­i­cal, social, and eco­nom­ic changes to the island, set­ting the stage for the devel­op­ment of its nation­al insti­tu­tions and the trans­for­ma­tion of its polit­i­cal sys­tem as a Unit­ed States ter­ri­to­ry dur­ing the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. After four cen­turies of Span­ish colo­nial rule, the peri­od between 1860 and 1898 wit­nessed a pro-inde­pen­dence rebel­lion, colo­nial reform, the estab­lish­ment of the first nation­al polit­i­cal par­ties,...

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