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The Future Status of Puerto Rico

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Lady12
Posted: 08.27.06, 12:30 PM
just checking
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carolineb
Posted: 08.13.06, 10:21 AM
I was interested to hear Eduardo Bhatia Gautier’s thoughts on why the US granted Puerto Ricans citizenship in 1917: The 1910 Cuban revolution caused widespread concern among American sugar plantation owners in Puerto Rico, who worried that Puerto Rico might next declare its independence. This would mean the loss of their lucrative landholdings. They therefore lobbied the US government to give US citizenship to Puerto Ricans in the hope that this would quell the independence movement within the country. Quite eye-opening, as our teachers certainly never presented it to us this way in school!
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