The History of Puerto Rico: From the Spanish Discovery to the American Occupation





The author of this vol­ume was the first to give to the read­er of Eng­lish a record of Span­ish rule in this ‘pearl of the Antilles.’ Mr. Van Mid­deldyk was the librar­i­an of the Free Pub­lic Library of San Juan, an insti­tu­tion cre­at­ed under Amer­i­can civ­il con­trol. He has had access to all data obtain­able in the island, and has faith­ful­ly and con­sci­en­tious­ly woven it into a con­nect­ed nar­ra­tive, thus giv­ing the read­er a view of the social and insti­tu­tion­al life of the island for four hun­dred years.

“Puer­to Rico has an inter­est­ing his­to­ry. Its four cen­turies under Span­ish con­trol is a record of unusu­al and remark­able events. But this record has remained unknown to the Amer­i­can peo­ple. It has nev­er been writ­ten sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly even in the Span­ish lan­guage. The author is the first to give Eng­lish read­ers a record of Span­ish rule in this ‘pearl of the Antilles.’ ” ‑The Dial 

“He has por­trayed the salient char­ac­ter­is­tics of the life of the island, described the acts of the reign­ing gov­ern­ment and point­ed out the evils of colo­nial rule, and the book enables the read­er to form a fair­ly accu­rate idea of the past and present state of Puer­to Rico.” ‑The Inland Printer 

“Descrip­tion of the four cen­turies of Span­ish his­to­ry as regards Puer­to Rico.” ‑St. Louis Pub­lic Library Month­ly Bulletin 

“Worth read­ing by all who are inter­est­ed in the devel­op­ment of the coun­try.” ‑Philadel­phia Inquirer 

“This book is of much val­ue not only as being the only his­to­ry of Puer­to Rico avail­able, but for its intrin­sic mer­its.” ‑Newark News 

“It afford the Amer­i­can peo­ple a clear­er insight into the past his­to­ry, the present con­di­tions, and the future needs of the island.” ‑Chica­go Inter Ocean

“Besides the run­ning account of the polit­i­cal, mil­i­tary and civ­il his­to­ry, there are inter­est­ing chap­ters on the peo­ple and their insti­tu­tions. The book ought to find many read­ers among those who desire to keep pace with the prob­lems which con­front our gov­ern­ment in con­nec­tion with the enlarged respon­si­bil­i­ties assumed as a result of the Span­ish-Amer­i­can war.” ‑The Standard 

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