How Did Colonialism Affect Puerto Rico's Identity
The granting of American citizenship was influenced by the conditions of the purchase of the Danish Islands, and had little to do with the Puerto Rican efforts or the fact that America was changing its perception of the country. The act assuaged some aspects of Puerto Rican life by allowing native Puerto Ricans the open passage to the United States where they could perhaps search for better jobs. In spite of this new status, Puerto Ricans still did not have political privileges enjoyed by a regular U.S. …show more content…
policies regarding its other territories, and has experienced the transition from one colonial power to the other without being given considerations other than negative implications attached to the island’s racial mixture. The people took the offer of citizenship without much choice. They must still deal with the fact that although citizens they are essentially disenfranchised, and at the same time their status as nation remains in limbo.
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Fernandez, Ronald. The Disenchanted Island: Puerto Rico and the United States in the twentieth Century. Westport Connecticut: Praeger Publishing, 1996. PP 1-104.
Guerra Lillian. Popular Expression and National Identity in Puerto Rico: The Struggle for self, community and nation. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998. PP