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Old 11-09-2012, 10:38 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by h5n1 View Post
guam doesn't seem to have this issue. and, call me crazy, but didn't puerto rico go from a spanish colony to US colony? it's not like there's a rich history of independence in the first place.
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I mean... don't get me crazy, I'm not trying to be an asshole, and I COMPLETELY understand your position.
All good meng!

Yes, PR went from a colony of Spain to a colony of the US. The sticking point in this though is that in 1897, Spain had granted PR political and administrative autonomy with the end game being complete independence. This was a victory that many people gave their lives for (see Grito de Lares) and the first step to total independence from Spain and/or any other country. Puerto Ricans had been trying to overthrow Spanish rule for nearly a century before the agreement of autonomy was put in place.

When the US won the Spanish-American war, the Treaty of Paris was signed and Spain gave control of PR to the US. Puerto Ricans were never consulted on the matter and our bid for independence came to an end in 1898 when the USS Yale fired on the capital and the USS Yosemite blocked the harbor in San Juan. The US invaded, what was essentially sovereign soil, and declared marshal law.

We never had a chance.
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