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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