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Stereotypes And Stereotypes Of Puerto Ricans

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 Puerto Ricans, just like many other ethnic groups, are victims of stereotypes and prejudices. These individuals have been labeled as lazy, submissive, etc. However, one of the main stereotypes that affects Puerto Ricans, to this day, is the one that labels them as criminals. There are many media representations that continue to identify Puerto Ricans as criminals, even though that may not be the case. Unfortunately, for many ethic groups, the media plays a major role in regards to their stereotypes....   [tags: United States, Puerto Rico, Unemployment]

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Puerto Ricans Immigrating to America

- Puerto Ricans Immigrating to America The migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States occurred in two major waves. The first wave was in the 1910s-1940s and the second wave was from the 1960s to the 1990s. Each wave of migrants brought new generations of Puerto Ricans to the United States. Both waves of migrants believed that they were going to live a better life in America and migrated to major cities such as New York City, Chicago, Hartford, etc. The early migrants looked for industrial jobs such as in cigar factories while the later migrants found agricultural work such as in tobacco fields....   [tags: Puerto Rican History Culture Essays]

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The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans

- The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans ETHNICITY AND EMPOWERMENT IN THE MIGRATION EXPERIENCE The Puerto Rican people have a rich history of culture and ethnicity. Despite the many migrations of the Puerto Ricans, an intense spirit of ethnicity and cultural pride has followed these people wherever they have gone, whether that be migrations from rural areas to industrialized cities or from the small island of Puerto Rico to the vast mainland of the United States. However, the struggles of these people have become obscured over the passing of generations....   [tags: Culture cultural Hispanic Essays]

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The Language Barrier for Puerto Ricans

- The Language Barrier for Puerto Ricans "Pollito, Chicken Gallina, Hen Lapiz, Pencil y Pluma, Pen. Ventana, Window Puerta, Door Maestra, Teacher y Piso, Floor I sing in English, I sing in Spanish, so all my friends can understand." The issue of language is central to the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Living in a land where the dominant language is English, this Spanish speaking population is involved in a historical struggle to overcome the language barrier. Among other things, their unfamiliarity with the English language has been a major obstacle to the progression of the Puerto Rican people as a whole....   [tags: Caribbean History Language Essays]

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The Racial Struggles of Puerto Ricans

- The Racial Struggles of Puerto Ricans Another large component of Puerto Ricanness is Race. All of the different cultures that have throughout history combined to form Puerto Rico effect their nationality, history, lifestyles, traditions, music, and foods. The "discovery" or infiltration of the island of Borinquen (or Puerto Rico as it was later renamed) in 1493 by Spain resulted in the decimation of the native Taino population. With the loss of an immediate source of cheap labor to work the fields for their sugar cane industry, they introduced African culture into the region by importing slaves to replace the Taino field workers....   [tags: Race Racial Culture Essays]

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Puerto Ricans and Music

- Puerto Ricans and Music Puerto Ricans have music in their spirit and in their souls. It seems to be ever present in their lives from their childhood and sweetens their very existence. Since I was young, I can remember the music playing all night, while my family ignored the time and enjoyed each other's company. Music is a part of every Puerto Rican because it is embedded in our culture. It has become a cultural symbol for Puerto Ricans, and Latin Americans in general. In polls conducted concerning major signifiers of Puerto Rican identity, the three major political parties of Puerto Rico consistently ranked music behind only the Spanish language and food [1]....   [tags: American History]

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The Different Experience of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States

- The Different Experience of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States Some people are inclined to view the Puerto Rican experience as a historical repetition of earlier migrations to the United States. However, the migration experience of Puerto Ricans to the United States is more complex, as well as one of a kind. Similarities do exist between the migration of Puerto Ricans and that of other groups, however, no other ethnic group has shared the tribulations of the Puerto Rican population....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rico Essays]

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Misrepresentation of Puerto Ricans' Needs Under American Rule

- Misrepresentation of Puerto Ricans' Needs Under American Rule In 1898 the future of the island of Puerto Rico, according to American imperialists, differed from the future that Puerto Ricans had been fighting for during the Spanish American War. After the American invasion of Puerto Rico two versions of the history of this colonization have been created. The first reveals the Puerto Rican opposition and resistance to American occupation. This is a history exposing U.S. oppression of Puerto Ricans as well as political and economic domination and exploitation....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rico Essays]

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The Impact of Spanish Rule on Puerto Ricans Today

- The Impact of Spanish Rule on Puerto Ricans Today What was Puerto Rico like under Spanish rule, and how important is that rule to the formation of the Puerto Rican people today. To answer these questions, we must take a look at the history of the Spanish and their colonization of the island of Puerto Rico. As we know, Puerto Rico was a colony of Spain "found" by Christopher Columbus on November 19, 1493, and remained a colony of Spain for the next 400 years. But the interesting fact remains that Puerto Rico was not truly settled by the Spaniards until almost fifteen years later....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rico Essays]

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Hip Hop as a Culture

- The three assigned articles all dealt with hip hop as a culture in the era of the 70s. It was the time of emceeing, graffiti, break-dancing, and deejaying. It was also a time when hip hop culture was primarily thought of as African American. The first article examines how graffiti was seen in the 1970s. Graffiti was seen as a commonplace thing on the streets of New York. This is portrayed in “The Politics of Graffiti” by Craig Castleman where he explains the timeline of the rules and regulations Mayor John V....   [tags: Graffiti, DJs, Puerto Ricans]

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The History of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States

- The History of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States Immigration to the United States has been occurring for centuries now. For years people from all different parts of the globe have dreamed of living in the United States, which is known to many foreigners as the land of opportunity. There are so many ethnic groups that exist in the United States that it has become known as the melting pot of the world. The Puerto Rican's migration to the United States was not an easy process. The Puerto Ricans faced discrimination in many walks of life in the USA....   [tags: Historical Hispanic Immigration Essays]

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Differences Between Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans

- Differences Between Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans As many immigrants arrive in the United States of America and begin to call it “home”, comparisons between such immigrants are certainly inevitable. In particular, the U.S. Hispanic population gives more room for such comparisons since their cultures and traditions are very similar. Most of their similarities stem from a common Spanish heritage. However, there is a lot more to being Hispanic than just speaking Spanish or eating rice and beans....   [tags: Compare Contrast Spanish Comparison Essays]

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The Status Debate as an Example of Nationalist Politics for Puerto Ricans

- The Status Debate as an Example of Nationalist Politics for Puerto Ricans Puerto Rico and its people have endured a long history filled with colonialism and ambiguous rule. It is a nation whose citizens have endured years of imperial rule, enslavement and forced dependence on other countries for its existence. It is a nation which has changed drastically from the days when Tainoes were the exclusive inhabitants of the island. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico can no longer stand alone as its own country....   [tags: Papers]

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Affluence of Puerto Ricans versus Other Minorities

- Affluence of Puerto Ricans versus Other Minorities The term "Hispanic" which is used to describe Spanish-speaking American ethnic groups--mainly Mexican-Americans, but also Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and immigrants from other Latin American countries--may wind up having only a brief run in common parlance. It has been in official governmental use for only a few years; the Census Bureau did not extensively use the term "Hispanic" until the 1980 census....   [tags: Papers]

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The Effect of Politics and Race on Identity of Puerto Ricans

- The Effect of Politics and Race on Identity of Puerto Ricans As is present in many articles we read about Spanish rule and American rule, there were always references to race, and the mix of races that the Puerto Ricans are, and how that has affected their identity. Kristen Moran hypothesized as to what was the origin of Spaniard's need to assert their clean lineage: "The attitude of the Spaniards concerning pure lineage, which can be traced back to the Muslim occupation of Spain, further complicated race interaction in Puerto Rico." The Ferré novel begins with Buenaventura's arrival to Puerto Rico from Spain, who is a member of a bourgeoisie family....   [tags: Essays on Politics]

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Political and Migration Issues Affecting Puerto Ricans in the United States

- Political and Migration Issues Affecting Puerto Ricans in the United States Puerto Ricans have a very distinct and complicated history. Their history is unlike any other immigrants who migrated at the United States at any time. Their island became a focus of the United States in 1898, when they won the island as booty in the Spanish-American war. Puerto Ricans residing in the United States have always had the dilemma of having to straddle both the American and Puerto Rican cultures and Spanish and English languages....   [tags: American History Immigration Essays]

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Puerto Rico And The United States

- Research Puerto Rico was given to the United States by Spain in the Treaty of Paris on December 19,1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. Following this, Congress put in place a civil government in Puerto Rico, and then 17 years later Woodrow Wilson gave all Puerto Rican citizens American citizenship granted by the Jones Act. After this act was instilled, the American government introduced American currency, health care, water and electric programs and economic guidelines to help employment of Puerto Ricans....   [tags: United States, World War II, Puerto Rico]

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Puerto Rico And Its Effects On The Economy

- A sugar plantation in Puerto Rico being harvested. The colonization of Puerto Rico by the Americans resulted to a decline in the economy; the presence of the American took every opportunity that the people of Puerto Rico had. In addition, colonization made Puerto Rico a foreign country; this made the import tax to increase rapidly. The Americans took the economy of that country from their hands and into their own; they controlled everything for the time that they colonized the country. In addition, all the farmers were forced to work for the Americans under severe conditions and less wages, thus declining the economy of Puerto Rico....   [tags: United States, Puerto Rico]

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Puerto Rico : An Outbreak Of The Zika Virus

- Puerto Rico is suffering from an outbreak of the Zika virus -- a virus spread via mosquito bite and causing joint pain, fever and rashes -- that has infected six hundred and eighty-three Puerto Ricans and killed one, and they are are on the brink of cutting their public health budget. Puerto Rico is making these cuts because they are $72 billion in debt and $30 billion behind in pension payments. The situation is unprecedented, and until 2015, Puerto Rico had never defaulted on any of its debts, but now Puerto Rican Secretary of Treasury Zaragoza says the island will run out of money June 30, 2016....   [tags: United States, Puerto Rico]

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Independence The Solution For Puerto Rico

- Independence-The Solution for Puerto Rico Recently, Puerto Rico declared it was bankrupt and could not repay its debt. As of October 27, 2016, the Harvard Law School: Bankruptcy Roundtable Managing Editor, Robert Niles stated, “With over $70 billion in debt and little cash to fund its ongoing operations, Puerto Rico remains in a state of fiscal crisis. After this summer’s decision by the First Circuit affirming that Puerto Rico’s attempt at legislative self-help, the so-called “Recovery Act was unconstitutional, the Commonwealth was left to negotiate with its many creditors or else seek relief from the federal government....   [tags: Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. state]

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Puerto Rico And The United States

- Puerto Rico also known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an island nestled in between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean. It has a population of Puerto Rico is 3,474,182 (United States Consensus, 2015) and is 13,791 sq. km. This particular island is unique because it encompasses the strong Puerto Rican traditions, but fall under The United States of America’s jurisdiction. This came after Spain relinquished Puerto Rico to the United States under the terms outlined in the Treaty of Paris....   [tags: United States, U.S. state, Puerto Rico]

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Puerto Rico As A State Of The United States

- Do you think Puerto Rico should become the 51st state. 61% of Puerto Ricans say yes. Puerto Rico as a state of the United States could benefits both the US and PR. Through fixing both crime rate, to bringing more economic success. Although both the US and PR had their own pros and cons on whether Puerto Rico become the 51st state or not. Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth of the United States for over many years. Many Americans and Puerto Ricans think that Puerto Rico should not be the 51st state because it has their advantages and disadvantage....   [tags: Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. state]

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Puerto Rico Vs. Germany

- Puerto Rico vs. Germany The thought of traveling sounds so fun, interesting and spontaneous. The two places I hope to travel to the most are Puerto Rico and Germany. I would like to travel to Puerto Rico because I would love to learn more about the place I was descended from. My reasoning for wanting to travel to Germany is because it’s outside the U.S. I have never been to another country, and I’m curious to see how different it is from here. I also picked two places that are very different from each other, so I could have a total different experience on each trip....   [tags: United States, Republic, Rum, Puerto Rico]

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Puerto Rico’s Culture, History, and Food

- Puerto Rico better known as “Rich Port” is 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). It sits off the coast of southern Florida. It surrounds some of the deepest waters in the entire Atlantic Ocean. Also it is a part of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico is composed of year-round mild climate, and has many white, sandy beaches and extraordinary hotels. Puerto Rico is made up of four main land regions: the coastal lowlands, the coastal valleys, the foothills, and the central mountains. The largest city and capital is San Juan, which is located in the lowlands....   [tags: Puerto Rico, culture, geography, ]

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Puerto Rican Is An Ideal Place For A Vacation

- Being Puerto Rican means a lot to me. It means having an enriched heritage. We have a diverse ethnic background and this makes us unique. I am very proud of the struggle, we as Puerto Ricans have had to overcome. When I sit at my grandmother’s dining room table, eating white rice with beans and chuletas with a Malta to drink, I reflect on how glad I am to be a Puerto Rican because we eat so well. Puerto Ricans are well known for being friendly, respectful and for their warm hospitality. Being Puerto Rican means more to me than just food but that’s where it all begins sitting at a table surrounded by loving, funny, loud family members....   [tags: Puerto Rico, United States, Culture, U.S. state]

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The History of Puerto Rican Migration

- The History of Puerto Rican Migration Through out the twentieth century Puerto Rican immigrants have played a major role in the United States’ labor force, cultural identity, and in politics. From the 1920’s, when the cigar makers waged their union battles, attracting the attention of other trade unions to Puerto Rican workers. Today the Puerto Rican Political Action Committee of Connecticut (PRPAC) is a major player in state politics, by supporting candidates and getting the Puerto Rican community involved in the elections of the state, but also the city of Hartford....   [tags: Historical Puerto Rico Immigration Essays]

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The Puerto Rican Community in Hartford

- The Puerto Rican Community in Hartford Social Mobility is a hard term to define because it can be interpreted in an infinite amount of ways. My group has the responsibility of reporting how the Puerto Rican community in Hartford has evolved or changed in the past eighteen years. We are using a special section produced by the Hartford Current as our starting point. From there we are suppose to document how, if at all, the idea of transnational identity and mobility for Hartford’s Puerto Ricans has changed....   [tags: Culture Puerto Rico Spanish Essays]

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The Identity of a Black Puerto Rican

- The Identity of a Black Puerto Rican When the United States invaded and took over Puerto Rico in 1898, race relations acquired yet another facet. "At the beginning of the century, President McKinley carried out military interventions in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines with U.S. corporate interests in mind (Schirmer)" Like Spain, the United States also intended to use Puerto Rico to its own advantage. In his project, David Bernstein states, "The United States used its power to restrict Puerto Rican trade, from which Whites in America and Puerto Rico prosperred heavily....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rico Essays]

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Puerto Rico and the United States

- Puerto Rico and the United States Since Puerto Rico was first discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 19, 1493, and Spanish colonization ensued in 1508, Puerto Rico has experienced all of these pressures of identity and culture. When Columbus first arrived he found the island populated by thousands of Taino Indians who made the mistake of showing Columbus gold nuggets in the river. This was all Spain needed to finance its crown. Differences between the Spaniards and the Taints began around two years later when Diego Salcedo was killed by the Indians....   [tags: American History Puerto Rican Essays]

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The Culture and Music of Puerto Rico

- The Culture and Music of Puerto Rico In the first decade of American rule, Puerto Rican culture was influenced drastically by its status as a US possession. Although the political and economic aspects of American influence were very significant, American rule also had a great impact on Puerto Rican culture. This is expressed through the development of Puerto Rican music both on the island and in the United States. Puerto Rican music not only became an important cultural icon, but also helped to determine the new identity of the Puerto Rican both on the island and the mainland....   [tags: culture Cultural History Puerto Rican Essays]

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The Future of Puerto Rico

- Whether or not Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state of the United States of America is an important issue that has been pondered for the last fifty years. Puerto Rico is currently a Commonwealth of the United States and has been under U.S. rule for a century. Spain ruled Puerto Rico for about 400 years prior to the U.S. take-over in 1898. The current and pertinent issue, though, is whether Puerto Rico will remain a Commonwealth of the U.S., become the 51st state, or gain independence. In "Doing Right by Puerto Rico," the former governor of Puerto Rico (1973-1976, 1985-1992) argues that Congress must take action....   [tags: Puerto Rico International Politics Essays Papers]

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Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance

- Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance Although the policies of Americanization and degradation of Puerto Rican culture heritage improved by the United States in Puerto Rico during the early decades of the twentieth century, the utmost concern for the United States was the strategic location of the island for political and economic advantages, not of the people who inhabited it. Puerto Rico, though a poor colony, was a rich cultural spot in an area of dynamic cultural influence of the Caribbean....   [tags: Music cultural Puerto Rico Essays]

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Puerto Rico Under American Rule

- Puerto Rico Under American Rule The United States gained control of the island of Puerto Rico as a result of the Spanish American war in 1898, claiming its intention to "free" the island from Spanish colonialism. When the United States took possession of the island, Puerto Rico became merely that, a controlled possession given little or insignificant power in many facets of Puerto Rican life. In a matter of a few months, Puerto Rico moved from being a Spanish possession to an American one, and this changing of hands had many implications on the status of Puerto Rico, politically economically, and socially....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rican Essays]

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Influence of the Spanish on Puerto Rican Society

- Influence of the Spanish on Puerto Rican Society In the histories of Colonial Latin America there is one common aspect and that is the importation of slaves as a labor force. The resulting consequences for the territory are vital if we are to understand the development of the society. In Puerto Rico these consequences deal mainly with African influence on the peasantry, the corrective measures taken thereafter to negate the African influence, and the results of these corrective measures. The Tainos, the natives of Puerto Rico, were extensive agriculturalists as well as a highly organized people....   [tags: Puerto Rico History Historical Essays]

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Puerto Rican Migration to the United States

- Puerto Rican Migration to the United States Unlike Mexicans, Puerto Ricans did not have a vast amount of land. However, the whites in America effected both people. Mexicans would lose their land in the southwest to the Anglos. The Treaty of Guadeloupe would create a harsh environment for the Mexicans where they were not equal citizens. Whites would come into the southwest and take the land that previously belonged to the Mexicans. For Puerto Rico, as in the Mexican struggle, a treaty began a new relationship with the United States....   [tags: Puerto Rico History Historical Immigration Essays]

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Early American Rule of Puerto Rico

- Early American Rule of Puerto Rico Ideally Puerto Rico was to mold itself into the perfect American product. Politically Puerto Rico was to remain inferior by following American rules and regulations that restricted the liberties of the people. Economically it was expected to provide capitol growth for the United States while neglecting the popular masses. Through the process of Americanization, the hope was to create a second America on the island. Here the people would look to the mainland for inspiration and more importantly guidance....   [tags: Puerto Rican History Historical Essays]

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Puerto Rican Music in the United States

- Puerto Rican Music in the United States Music has always been a pervasive symbol of identity. It is a mode of expression that crosses gender, ethnicity and age. One need not understand the lyrics to identify with a musical genre; identification can be found through rhythm, tone of music, as well as other techniques in the music, unrelated to words. For example, most operas are in Italian and obviously everyone that attends an opera, does not speak or understand Italian. However, the audience is moved by the emotion conveyed through tone, facial expressions, and beat of the music....   [tags: Culture cultural History Puerto Rico Essays]

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Music as an Indicative of the History of Puerto Rico

- Music as an Indicative of the History of Puerto Rico During Dr. Lise Waxer’s October 29th lecture she characterized "music" as being indicative of the history of a people, a way of establishing social relations, and being a forum for dialogue. However, upon a critical analysis of the claims within her lecture and the issues discussed within Ruth Glasser’s My Music is My Flag, I believe that modern studies of Puerto Rican popular culture reveal more about the present state of Puerto Rican identity than the historical subjects themselves....   [tags: Culture cultural History Puerto Rican Essays]

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The Impact of United States Rule on Puerto Rico

- The Impact of United States Rule on Puerto Rico Puerto Rico spent most of its history under the control of Spain. In the year 1898, the islanders wanted their freedom and welcomed the U.S. invaders as their last hope of liberation from Spanish control. The United States brought the promise of democracy to Puerto Rico, but its true intentions did not include letting go of the island. Although the United States claimed that its intentions were to civilize Puerto Rico and help it become a democratic society, its hypocritical manner of dealing with the island had a great impact on Puerto Rican development....   [tags: Puerto Rico Historical Essays]

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Spanish Language's Influence on the Puerto Rican Identity

- Spanish Language's Influence on the Puerto Rican Identity The initial occupation of Puerto Rico by the Spaniards carries an important implication for language as part of the Puerto Rican identity. The Spanish language was imposed upon the inhabitants of the island, the Tainos, in the sixteenth century, when the Spanish inhabited the island in 1502, after the Spanish conquerors claimed the island in the name of Spain in 1493. Eventually, the Spanish had moved out or taken over the ways of the old and their culture infiltrated that of the Taino to create a new dimension of the first storey, where the Spanish language was incorporated as the building blocks of the foundation of the Puerto Ric...   [tags: Spanish Puerto Rico Essays History]

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United States Colonial Rule of Puerto Rico

- United States Colonial Rule of Puerto Rico When the United States invaded the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico (Guanica and Ponce), a majority of Puerto Ricans welcomed the Americans and enabled their invasion. They cooperated and aided the American expulsion of Spaniards. However, it is obvious by the consequences that the end result of U.S. invasion and rule was not what Puerto Ricans had welcomed in July of 1898. Puerto Ricans wished an end to autocratic rule and concentration of wealth, things they did not know would continue under American rule....   [tags: History Historical Essays Puerto Rican]

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Puerto Rican Art

- Puerto Rican Art Historically, Puerto Rico is only 512 years old. The island was discovered on November 19, 1493 by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. On the island he found Taino Indians living there. Juan Ponce de León came to the island in 1508 as its first governor. In 1521, the city of San Juan was established. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Puerto Rico was attacked by the Dutch and English, Spain’s enemies. The island was struggling to attain economical stability by raising cattle and farming on a small scale....   [tags: Puerto Rico Artists Crafts Essays]

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Puerto Rican Music as Representation of Their History and Culture

- Puerto Rican Music as Representation of Their History and Culture Puerto Rican music is an evolving art form that expresses Puerto Rican culture and identity. The development of Puerto Rican music is also a reflection of their history, both being complicated by several layers. Social, political, and economic conditions are all related to the musical expressions of Puerto Ricans (Glasser, 8). Puerto Rican migration to the United States and the culture clash experienced by migrants is another layer complicating the evolution of Puerto Rican music (Glasser, 199)....   [tags: Culture Cultural Puerto Rico Essays]

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Spanish Colonialism and Its Influence on Puerto Rico

- Spanish Colonialism and Its Influence on Puerto Rico There is an on going debate on the identity of Puerto Ricans. One controversial argument is that the first Puerto Ricans were in fact black. Although this idea is not well taken by many Puerto Ricans, history reveals that this statement is accurate. However this is only one contributing factor to the formation of the formation of the Puerto Rican people. Puerto Rican identity can only be understood by studying the colonial history of the island....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rican Essays]

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Capitalism Was Behind American Colonization of Puerto Rico

- Capitalism Was Behind American Colonization of Puerto Rico The platform upon which the United States was built, freedom, was erected in response to the oppressive nature of colonialism. On July Fourth, 1776, the original thirteen colonies declared their independence, because the weight of Great Britain’s colonial restrictions proved to be too burdensome. The Constitution was signed shortly thereafter to protect American citizen’s rights from being abridged in the future. America was created as a direct response to the harmful nature of colonialism, however it soon forgot its idealistic birth....   [tags: History Historical Essays Puerto Rican]

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The Role of Music in Puerto Rican Popular Culture

- The Role of Music in Puerto Rican Popular Culture What is Puerto Rican music like. Where did it develop, and around when did it develop. What makes it up. These are very valid questions for someone who does not know anything about Puerto Rican music or Latin music in general. To understand Puerto Rican music and what it means to Puerto Rican people in general, you must look at the beginning. First there are different kinds of music that can be considered Puerto Rican. In general, Salsa is considered to be Puerto Rican music of today, but a famous musician by the name of Tito Puente says he plays Cuban music....   [tags: History Cultural Puerto Rico Essays]

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The United States Effect on Puerto Rican Music

- The United States Effect on Puerto Rican Music The United States played an important role in the evolution of Puerto Rican culture, more specifically music. While Puerto Rican culture remains distinct from that of American culture, its historical progression is forever tied with that of the United States. This is evident in the evolution of Puerto Rican music. It is also evident in the experience of Puerto Rican musicians both on the island and in the Diaspora....   [tags: Puerto Rico Music culture Essays]

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The Effect of American Colonialism on Puerto Rico's Identity

- The Effect of American Colonialism on Puerto Rico's Identity The Pandora’s box of information that I have discovered about Puerto Rico under early U.S rule provide some fascinating details on the background of contradictions that characterize debates on the political, economic and social issues concerning the island. Since its invasion in 1898, the United States has shaped the policies of the island according to its own discretion in spite of the people of Puerto Rico. The country did not have time to shed the skin of Spanish colonial rule before the United States set foot on the island to add its own layer of imperial legacy....   [tags: Puerto Rico History Historical Essays]

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Spanish Colonialism on the History of Puerto Rican People

- Spanish Colonialism on the History of Puerto Rican People "Puerto Rico". The name immediately brings to mind images of a beautiful lush tropical island of enchantment. The name "Puerto Rico" usually does not conjure the image of Taino Indians or African slaves, yet these populations have great importance in laying the foundation for the notion of identity of Puerto Ricans. In contemporary debates of Puerto Rican identity, it is essential to examine the history of the island to determine the effects of Spanish colonialism on Puerto Rican identity....   [tags: Puerto Rico spanish Historical essays]

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The History of Puerto Rico and Impact of Spanish Colonial Rule

- The History of Puerto Rico and Impact of Spanish Colonial Rule Studying the history of Puerto Rico under Spanish rule helps us to identify the problems found within modern notions of Puerto Rican identity. Such notions of national identity stem from the belief that Puerto Rico is a "self-defined community of people who share a sense of solidarity based on a belief in a common heritage and who claim political rights that may include self-determination" (Morris 12). However, such modern notions of solidarity contradict the fact that by 1898 Puerto Rican society was characterized by great racial and class differences....   [tags: History Historical Puerto Rican Essays]

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Puerto Rico's Identity Formation Under U.S. Colonial Rule

- Puerto Rico's Identity Formation Under U.S. Colonial Rule Upon continuing the discussion of what it means to be Puerto Rican, it is clear that the early US colonial rule fundamentally shaped the character of this definition. At the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico became a possession of the United States subject only to the privileges that the US was willing to grant it. The dichotomy between Puerto Rico’s expectations and what it actually became after 1898, helped to formulate elite definitions of what it meant to be Puerto Rican....   [tags: Puerto Rican History Historical Essays]

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Puerto Rican Identity Found in Music During Colonial Rule

- Puerto Rican Identity Found in Music During Colonial Rule Music played an important role in the history of Puerto Rico and helped shape the Puerto Rican identity. As a colonial possession, Puerto Rico was denied many rights which could have hindered its social progress, if not for its people’s ability to legitimize and become proud of their existence through less traditional ways. In America people can be proud of their history, or their economic and technological advancements as a country, or the legislative records of their elected representative....   [tags: Culture Cultural Music History Essays puerto Rico]

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The Role of Music During and After Puerto Rican Migration to the United States

- The Role of Music During and After Puerto Rican Migration to the United States For Puerto Ricans, music served infinite purposes. It allowed for the formation and reformation of cultural views and opinions, through the lyrics in the songs. These views were constantly changing, which in turn fed into the ever evolving identity of the Puerto Rican people. As a vehicle of expression it stimulated thought and provided a method of communication for the community. In The Puerto Rican community of New York City the increasing popularity of music indicated a desire for Puerto Rican based and oriented entertainment but more importantly for national unity....   [tags: Music Puerto Rican History Historical Essays]

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The Beaufy of Puerto Rico

- ... The population of Puerto Ricans are 3.667 million living in Puerto Rico. In the United States, Puerto Ricans live in all 50 states but the most states with the largest populations of Puerto Ricans are New York, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It is found most Puerto Ricans stay on the east coast. FOOD Puerto Rico’s food was influenced by many different cultures. The native people of Puerto Rico where called the Taino's. The Taino's diet was mainly made up of corn, birds, fruit, capsicum peppers and seafood....   [tags: carribean, spanish, tainos]

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Imperialism and Alaska and Puerto Rico

- Imperialism Definition: Imperialism is the act of big and powerful countries expanding their rule to smaller, less powerful countries. Commonly this results in monarchy and oligarchy governments, one leader makes all of the decisions. Alaska Dates: Russia first offered Alaska in 1859, but we were in the middle of the Civil War and we couldn’t focus on buying more land. On March 30, 1867, United States Secretary of State, William Steward, quickly accepted the offer to buy Alaska. On January 3, 1959, Alaska became an official state....   [tags: USA, territories,]

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The Music of Puerto Rico

- Music, in the history of Puerto Rico, has played a role of great significance as a means of cultural expression. The five centuries of musical activity shows that Puerto Ricans have created, developed and promoted a variety of genres ranging from folk music, concert music and new genres. The Puerto Rican music and native musicians have shaped and enriched the identity of the Puerto Rican people and their roots. Puerto Rican music was the ultimate expression of the “Areito” (indigenous artistic traditions) combined in a unitary fashion, oral narrative, dance and music....   [tags: cultural expression]

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Puerto Rico: Tropical Rainforest

- PUERTO RICO Puerto Rico has many diffrent clothes,foods, houses and languges as we do. Once you have finished reading this report on Puerto Rico, you will find out how much diffrent and unigue things they have. Puerto Ricans clothing in the past were way diffrent from the things we wear today. Some people have had to go naked before. Married women would waer garments and cotton skirts which is also known as "naguas". Men and women would paint there body with body paints and dacorated there bodys with jewerly made of feathers, rocks, bones, shells, and corals....   [tags: catholics, language, culture]

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Puerto Rico Shouldn't Become a State

- To think that the Yankees are going to give us all their freedoms and all their progress for our pretty face is to think blindfolded. We could indeed have an unheard-of-manufacturing and business activity; but all this would be in their hands, monopolized, and exploited by them.” (Puerto Rico::The Flame of Resistance, 34). This statement from a Puerto Rican journalist emphasizes why she believes that Puerto Rico should not be controlled by America. This is a popular belief in Puerto Rico and America because of reasons regarding culture, independence, and the economy....   [tags: economy, independence, unemployment]

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Puerto Rico

- Puerto Rico is an island located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, which is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The islands of Puerto Rico were acquired by the United States in 1898, where Spain ceded the islands to the U.S. In 1917, the Jones Act declared Puerto Rico to be an “organized but incorporated” territory of the United States, and granted US citizenship to all the residents who wanted it. An “unincorporated territory”, according to the US Supreme Court Insular Cases, of the Unites States is ‘a territory appurtenant and belonging to the United States, but not a part of the United States’....   [tags: Political Science]

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Puerto Rican Obituary by Pedro Pietri

- ... Pietri points out, Puerto Rican’s were hard workers, even though they did not get compensated for it, “They worked They were always on time They were never late They never spoke back when they were insulted They worked They never took days off that were not on the calendar They never went on strike without permission They worked ten days a week and were only paid for five They worked They worked They worked and they died They died broke They died owing They died never knowing what the front entrance of the first national city bank looks like.” Through this quote Pierti stresses Puerto Ricans’ worked without recognition and remained in poverty....   [tags: story analysis]

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Puerto Rican Experience in Hartford

- Puerto Rican Experience in Hartford Hartford is the home to the highest percentage (27%) of Puerto Ricans in the country (Cruz, 5). Nonetheless, Puerto Ricans still face myriad challenges with respect to the integration and acceptance of their culture in Hartford. Although the PR community is only two generations old, Puerto Ricans have managed to both organize and mobilize in this relatively short time (Cruz, 2). Puerto Ricans have focused closely on their ethnic identity because they viewed their incorporation into the political sphere occurring only by means of asserting their difference (Cruz, 10)....   [tags: History Race Racial Essays]

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The Identity of an American Puerto Rican

- The Identity of an American Puerto Rican Am I "American" or "Puerto Rican", a question that wanders along the halls of my mind all the time. Many Puerto Ricans might not agree, but I feel that I am, "American", Puerto Rican American that is. As a child my own parents deprived me of my culture and true identity. They spoke to me in a language that many Puerto Ricans refused or detested to learn, English. The only thing I can actually say that I know about Puerto Rican heritage is the comida we shared during family gatherings....   [tags: Race Identity Ethnicity Essays]

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The History of Oppressed Puerto Rico

- The History of Oppressed Puerto Rico Jesus Colon, in “How to Know the Puerto Ricans,” makes a statement that I believe explains and articulates the effect centuries of exploitation has had on Puerto Rico, and on the identity of Puerto Ricans. He writes, “So when you come to knock at the door of a Puerto Rican home you will be encountered by this feeling in the Puerto Rican-sometimes unconscious in himself-of having been taken for a ride for centuries.”(Santiago, 71) This assertion is appropriate and logical in the sense that Puerto Rico was invaded, ruled, and exploited by the Spaniards from 1508 until July 1898 when the Spanish flag was lowered and the United States began its invasion....   [tags: Historical Spanish Essays]

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The Americanization of Puerto Rico

- The Americanization of Puerto Rico When island inhabitants first heard that Americans were planning on invading Puerto Rico and driving out Spain's rulers, Puerto Ricans welcomed the North Americans to their home. (To view an in-progress work dealing with the Spanish-American War from a pro-colonial expansion point of view, visit this site/ For an objective historical account view this site). The Puerto Ricans were tired of not having a voice in politics and government and with the knowledge that America was a democracy, there was hope that this status quo would change....   [tags: American History]

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The Identity of a Puerto Rican

- The Identity of a Puerto Rican Sidney W. Mintz describes the Caribbean as "a scattering of some fifty inhabited units spanning nearly 2, 500 miles of sea between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and the north coast of South America, constitute the oldest colonial sphere of Western European overseas expansion... these territories were dominated and navigated and explored, their aborigines had been thrust into the consciousness of European monarchs, philosophers, and scientists" (17). The islands in the Caribbean might have some common historical patterns of conquest, slavery and the development of multi-cultural societies but each island has its own history, culture and identity....   [tags: American History Hispanic Essays]

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The Official Puerto Rican Language

- The Official Puerto Rican Language "The attempt by conquerors to impose their language on the conquered is a recurrent historical theme" (Morris 162). In 1493 the Spanish conquistadors arrived on the island of Borinquen where, there was an attempt by the Spanish to impose their language on the native population of Taino Indians. The Tainos believed that the Spaniards were gods and so were willing to learn all that they could from them. The virtual annihilation of the Taino population in the short period after the Spanish arrival caused by the importation of illnesses the Tainos were not immune to as well as their horrid working conditions as slaves....   [tags: Language Spanish Culture Essays]

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Everyday Life in Puerto Rico

- Everyday Life in Puerto Rico The commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico), known to most Americans as simply Puerto Rico, exists as one of two territories owned by the United States1. Being a territory of the United States, Puerto Ricans possess common citizenship, currency, and defense. However, even though Puerto Ricans are United States citizens they do not pay any kind of federal income taxes. Therefore, they cannot vote in presidential elections. Puerto Rico is under the jurisdiction of the United States customs, and are allowed free movement of people and merchandise with the United States....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Societal, Political, and Economical Changes in Puerto Rico

- Puerto Rico and Cuba are known to be the two wings of the same bird, mostly because of their great similarities in history, culture, and struggles; yet, because of their differences in achieving their goals of self-government. Cuba was able to have full independence from Spain and have its own form of government; nonetheless, Puerto Rico, after achieving its independence from Spain, was annexed by the United States of America toward the conclusion of the Spanish-American War. Both of these islands, under Spanish rule, survived violent political policies and excessive military personnel in their lands and were able to achieve a form of sovereignty....   [tags: sovereignity, commonwealth, United States]

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The Identity of Puerto Rican People

- The Identity of Puerto Rican People Race is an inescapable reality of modern American society. It dominates all of our perceptions and divides them into two distinct categories: black and white. Within these two categories, all Americans are lumped together. But what about the people who racially belong to both groups, but ethnically belong to neither. Where do Puerto Ricans fit into this biracial society. How do you classify Puerto Ricans when one brother has light skin with light eyes and straight hair, and the other with dark skin and `kinky' hair....   [tags: Spanish Hispanic History Historical Essays]

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Puerto Rican Identity in U.S.

- Race Relations and the Denial of African Heritage Race has been a divider among Puerto Rican society. To read more about how essential race was to the development of Puerto Rico read David Bernstein's paper. Although Puerto Ricans are made up of three peoples: Spanish, African, and Taíno, the black history of Puerto Rico is often made light of. According to González, "the first Puerto Ricans were in fact black Puerto Ricans" (González, 10). Being that the Taínos were destroyed so rapidly, Puerto Ricans are more mulatto than mestizo....   [tags: ]

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Im Proud To Be Puerto Rican

- Are you Puerto Rican or American. Hesitantly, I don't know what to say when people ask me this question because I feel that I have to choose between the two ethnicities. Since I was born in the U.S., I am considered American. But, if I say I am American, I am asked about my origins. Thus, controversy evolves around inhabitants of Puerto Rico because they are considered Americans since Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. My skin is white, my eyes are brown, and my hair is dark brown....   [tags: Personal Narrative Racism Hispanic]

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The singularly strange story of the English language in Puerto

- Language is a mean of communication in any given society. It represents the ability to evolve and progress through the ongoing process of living with other human beings. Many can perceive this instrument as tool of liberation and transformation but others as an instrument to enslave, manipulate or oppress a group of people. Whichever the case one need to acknowledge that it is necessary and not a waste of time the many different discussions about this ongoing topic regardless of the time period or social context any country might have....   [tags: Dr. Alicia Pousada]

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The Benefits of the Statehood for Puerto Rico

- Benefits of the statehood for Puerto Rico The intention of this essay is to demonstrate to a vision rational, concordant political leader to the Puerto Rican, American and worldwide reality. It responds to the necessity that to the statehood it is necessary to imagine it and to expose it with all the evidence available, since many Puerto Ricans, including many political leaders, do not know like defending it or exposing it before the peculiar ones or our adversaries. Puerto Rico is smallest and Eastern of the Greater Antilles....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Status of Puerto Rico

- The Status of Puerto Rico The issue of Puerto Rico’s political status has been the most controversial ongoing debate since the U.S. invasion of 1898. But first the condition of Puerto Rico at the time of the invasion must be studied in order to understand the conflicting political ideals that would divide the nation in the immediate years. In Jose Luis González’s, Puerto Rico: The Four Storeyed Country, Puerto Rico is described as having four main layers metaphorically referred to as stories. The four layers in chronological order consists of: Spanish colonialism, two great waves of immigrants to the island, the United States invasion, and economic transformation....   [tags: Politics Economics Essays]

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Superstitions And Etiquette In Puerto Rico

- Superstitions and Etiquette in Puerto Rico Description of Topic Puerto Rico is the neighbor to the south of Florida. There is a growing population of Puerto Ricans in the United States. There is also a large United States interest in Puerto Rico. It is important to understand the culture of our neighbor should the United States wish to continue a positive relationship as well as globalization. Understanding the superstitions and the proper business etiquette in Puerto Rico can serve as a glimpse into the culture of the island....   [tags: Culture]

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Puerto Rican Culture Development within the New York Diaspora

- ... As we know currently, Puerto Ricans currently are permanent citizens of the United States, but some years before, Puerto Ricans didn’t even have citizenship in the US. It all started at the end of the Spanish – American War in 1898, when Spain and the United States met in order to sign the Treaty of Paris, which would officially end the war that the US and Spain were having. This also led to the acquisition of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. Further on in time, Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth act, which gave Puerto Ricans Citizenship towards the United States....   [tags: mgrated, population, identities]

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Politics and Puerto Rican Identity

- Introduction The issue I have chosen to elaborate on is the influence of politics on identity. Politics plays a role in everyone’s life to some degree. In my own personal experience, I have never been an adamant follower of American politics. It has never been a strong topic of conversation within my family or neighborhood. I voted for the first time my freshmen year in college. My upbringing in a working class neighborhood has bestowed upon me a very simple view on politics : vote for the democrats because it is in the best interest of the poor people; all republicans care about is money and they can never understand nor do they care about the plight of being poor....   [tags: Latin America American]

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Should Puerto Rico Become America´s 51st State?

- OUTLINE I. Introduction a. Should Puerto Rico become Americas 51st state. b. Many politicians have different views on what Puerto Rico should do. Should the island become a State, stay a Commonwealth, or become independent. Either way, it would benefit the island. II. Body a. Should Puerto Rico become a state. i. How would it benefit the government. ii. How would it benefit the economy. b. Is Puerto Rico better off as a commonwealth. i. How would staying a commonwealth benefit Puerto Rico. ii. How does Puerto Rico benefit from the U.S.....   [tags: politics, independence, commonwealth, tourism]

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Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance

- Puerto Rican Music and Its Significance Spanish music didn’t mean a thing to me growing up, nor did Puerto Rican musicians. I remember listening to Spanish music and not understanding a word that the artists would sing about, but I do remember dancing on my father’s feet to the beat. Though I was a little off beat and stumbling over my feet, I had a great time trying to move. We generally listened to various artists on special occasions, in the car while sight seeing the suburbs and after church on Sundays....   [tags: Culture Cultural Spanish Migration Essays]

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Puerto Rico

- Identity Crisis The effect of colonialism on a colonized people can often result in a situation better known to us today as an “identity crisis.” Studying the history of Puerto Rico under Spanish rule helps us to identify the problems found within modern notions of Puerto Rican identity. Such notions of national identity stem from the belief that Puerto Rico is a "self-defined community of people who share a sense of solidarity based on a belief in a common heritage and who claim political rights that may include self-determination" (Morris 12)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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