100 by 35 Mile Island With a Soul Full of Wisdom
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I am not a historian. But I do love history for it holds the secrets of our true nature. The following declarations are my definitions of my beloved country. If in anyway such declarations are inaccurate, offend others, or are just plain off site, then let the debating begin. History is written through perceptions, facts, and opinions. At any given time, it can and will be rewritten. I am prepared to do so.
The island of Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean, due west off the coast of Dominican Republic and due east off the coasts of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Though disputed, it has an area of roughly “100 by 35” miles. The ones to discover the island were the Tainos who named the island Boriken, hence for the fact that today we Puerto Ricans refer to ourselves as Boricuas. Though this indigenous group was wiped out with the arrival of Spanish influence, it has been proven that the majority of the population of Puerto Rico has strong DNA ties to the now extinct tribes ( Renowned Puerto Rican and Dominican archaeologists have corroborated such data). After the Taino population was exploited into extinction, African slaves were brought in from the distributing island next door, known as Hispaniola (currently the island shared by Haiti and Dominican Republic). They were forced to work the lucrative sugar cane industry. Such Africans gave our culture soul in our food, music, and art.
Up until 1898 (the U.S. invasion), the island infused a lot of culture from three major peoples of society that inhabited it: the Europeans (mainly Spain), Africans (mainly from Angola, and Uganda), and Taino. This is a main reason why some say that we are one of the worlds true melting pots. And righteously so. When you ponder the concept, you realize that Africa alone is the cradle of humanity and can't help but recognize that its influences encompasses us all in our genes. Then the journey of the Indigenous was a long way through the Pacific and/or Bering Strait which shows our desire for "globalisation." Today, many of our customs and convinces come from these 3 groups. Puerto Ricans of all social and economical backgrounds are proud of our soulful triangle.
From October 1898 to 1900, the island found itself in a very poor state. It was governed by military generals sent by the U.S. During this period, such generals and politicians (who were supporting them), were informing the federal government the uncertainty and state (vulnerability) of the island.
After the report was in, the Foraker law was imposed on Puerto Rico (I say imposed because contrary to being a "united state", the island was (and still is) a "territory" therefore no one from the island had a voice or vote on the decision of the law. The fact of the matter is, that just before the U.S. arrived, the island had achieved a great deal of autonomy under the Spanish government (autonomy that has not even come close to this day under the U.S.).