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Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World
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The bigger issue is that the Commonwealth status that PR and the US enacted in 1952, while a step forward, is not really the "true" associated free state that PR envisioned for itself. While PR generally makes its own laws and governs itself, in the things that it cannot do and the ability of Congress to abolish some laws, the island can be defined as a colony in the purest sense of the word. The author goes on to state many times that it is not an issue of dislike toward the Americans, something so fashionable these days. In fact, he clearly states that whether PR chooses to be independent or perfects the commonwealth status, a close association with the U.S. would be a very desirable thing. The U.S. has generally been a very positive influence in the economic development of the island.
However, the island was told early on by the U.S. that when the day came and it was ready, the U.S. would allow it to choose its destiny in terms of self-government and would honor it...a "promise" that has not been kept. In my opinion, with 400 years of Spanish rule in the background, I don't think Puerto Ricans would ever assimilate culturally to being a state. They would never let that happen. An improved associated free state is the likeliest outcome.Read more ›
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Great book! Excellence and extreme care avoiding biased facts and references.Published 16 months ago by Rafael Carrasquillos
I'm my persuit to reaquaint myself with our culture, history, and heritage I picked up this book. Unfortunately for me, the main topic was about Puerto Rico's political cycles,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cynthia Medina
Great book with very good amount of information on the topic. So much thruth on everything Trias Monge wrote and all reccomendations.Published on March 18, 2014 by Francisco Agron
GoodGood condition. Love the book. Thank you for the item. It was in the best shape. Would buy again. ThanksPublished on August 18, 2013 by maria