Julio 25 puerto rico
Mucho ha pasado desde el 25 de julio de 1898
Yes, much has happened in Puerto Rico since July 25, 1898, when American Troops under the leadership of General Nelson Miles landed in our island with a contingent of sixteen thousand men. At that time Puerto Rico was a full fledged colony of Spain. Since the very discovery of the island by Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World on November 19th, 1493; and the arrival of the Spaniards under the leadership of Juan Ponce de Leon in 1508, Puerto Rico was a very oppressed territory. Our population had few rights, little opportunities and the island lived in misery. At that time Puerto Rico was named “the poor house of the Caribbean.”
During these first one hundred years, the relationship of Puerto Rico with the United States has been of great significance and benefit to both. This relationship made possible the economic and political stability needed for economic development, made possible numerous federal programs, made possible our free trade with the rest of the nation, made possible our “Operation Bootstrap”, made possible our Commonwealth Status, made possible our American citizenship, and made possible our rights and freedoms guaranteed under our Federal Constitution.
Today Puerto Rico is “the shinning star of the Caribbean”. The island enjoys the highest per capita income in Latin America. Our “standards of living” or “quality of life” are unequaled in Latin America. We have the highest life expectancy in Latin America. Puerto Rico is one of the great tourist destinations in the world. Puerto Rico is the largest manufacturer of pharmaceuticals worldwide. The largest manufacturer of soft drink syrup is located here. The highest volume department stores, and highest volume stores of many retail chains are located in the island. Many scientific developments have been made in our island. Our island has been the birthplace of numerous world leaders in the fields of politics, sciences, sports, banking, government, economy, among others; most of whom received their education here in the island, now with residence in the United States and numerous countries throughout the world.
The success of the Puerto Rico of today is in the greatest part the result of what has happened in the last one hundred years in co-existence and working together with the greatest nation of all, the United States of America.
The following is a chronology of the most significant activities that have taken place since that July 25th, 1898 that have helped make what Puerto Rico is today:
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Under the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson the Jones Act was approved. This Act gave Puerto Rican United States citizenship ( Some 300 persons rejected the American Citizenship- probably to maintain their Spanish citizenship) and a bill of rights. It also created the island Senate and the House of Representatives.
The United States starts construction of military bases in the islands of Vieques and Culebra.
President Harry Truman designates Jesus Piсeiro the first Puerto Rican to be governor of the island.
United States Congress approves a law that allows the people of Puerto Rico to elect their own governor.
Luis Muсoz Marin becomes the first governor to be elected by the Puerto Rican electorate.
The first plebiscite on the political status of the island was held. Voters overwhelmingly affirm the continuation of the Commonwealth status by the following vote percentages:
Carlos Romero Barcelo is elected governor.
Luis Muсoz Marin, founder of the Popular Democratic Party, and first elected governor of Puerto Rico dies.
Pedro Rosello is elected governor with the New Progressive (Statehood) Party.
A referendum was held for a political status preference. The Commonwealth formula was the winner, but this time by a narrower margin as follows:
Julio 25 puerto rico Mucho ha pasado desde el 25 de julio de 1898 (en ingles) Yes, much has happened in Puerto Rico since July 25, 1898, when American Troops under the leadership of
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