Puerto Rico and the United States Essay

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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. The Taino Indians revolt against the Spaniards was met with no success and many left the island or fled into the mountains where they began new lives. Though living in…show more content…
A small item appeared in the morning papers, but nobody paid much attention, and the event was soon forgotten. [S]oon after that, Buenaventura moved to the caretaker's house and nobody seemed to mind. He cleared the spring of undergrowth and put it back in use." (Ferre, p. 11) Examples of the obscurity over time or erasures over time that Gonzalez mentioned are for instance in 1498 when you built the foundation or first floor, at that point in time you did not want the Spanish language as your official language you wanted to keep your Taino Indian language, you did not want the language that was being forced upon you by the oppressors. This obviously did not happen because today, in 1998, you want to keep your native Spanish language and do not want to adopt the English language. Race has also conveniently been erased from Puerto Rican history. Black is the core of the Puerto Rican population according to Gonzalez. ("What I am claiming is that it was the blacks, the people bound most closely to the territory which they inhabited (they were after all slaves), who had the greatest difficulty in imagining any other place to live". (Gonzalez, p. 10) When Puerto Ricans first read his article they were appalled at this notion. The fundamental axiom is that Puerto Rico was a nation
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