The Exploitation of Puerto Rico by the United States Essay

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The Exploitation of Puerto Rico by the United States

Puerto Rico has had a long history of dependency. Puerto Rico was first colonized by Spain until the Spanish American war, which resulted in the colonization by the United States in 1898. While Spain was in the process of devising an agreement with Puerto Rico that would grant the island autonomy, the invasion of the United States ended any plans that would grant this reprise (Figueroa, 11/19/98). The U.S. decided to partake in this colonial expansion because Puerto Rico had tremendous potential for investment and commerce as well as being geo-politically strategic. The U.S. had intentions to take Spain and its influence out of the western-hemisphere. In 1917 Puerto Ricans were granted
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A significant number of islanders are pro-statehood. However statehood would not ensure economic, political, or cultural equality. Puerto Rico may risk the loss of their native language and face assimilation into the American society that is known for their homogeneity. The likelihood of Puerto Rico becoming a state is based solely on the U.S. economic interest. Statehood would mean the end of the many tax allowances and exemptions that American investors have been granted.

Independence is a status that the U.S. would only allow for Puerto Rico to attain if it is in their economic interest. Until then Puerto Rico’s fate will be at the hands of the United States despite the pro-independence movements that have been going on for years. First, the U.S. has very strategically placed military bases in Puerto Rico that the Defense Department will not give up even if Puerto Rico gains independence. Even if the United States would grant Puerto Rico independence the island is too dependent economically to be able to sustain their own economy.

The multi-national corporations that exist in Puerto Rico have invested in the island with the incentive of tax exemptions. Independence may alter that convenience and therefore multi-national corporations are against the independence movement. Even if Puerto Rico gains "independence" from the U.S. it will still not be true independence. The U.S. will
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