One hundred and 15 years ago, the United States invaded Puerto Rico, and it has never left.
On July 25, 1898, U.S. Army forces under the command of Gen. Nelson Miles landed in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island, then a Spanish colony, was one of the battlegrounds of the Spanish-American War. Miles, fresh from repressing Native Americans and striking Pullman workers, presented himself as a liberator, promising freedom and self-determination for the island’s inhabitants. We are still waiting.
At the end of the war there was no referendum. Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States as war booty. The island went on to become an unincorporated territory in which sovereignty belongs to the U.S.… Seguir leyendo »