The Prisoners of La Princesa

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


After the revolution of 1950, the prisons of Puerto Rico were stuffed with “suspected Nationalists.” In San Juan, La Princesa became so crowded that prisoners had to sleep on the floors, in hallways and bathrooms.

The calabozos (dungeons) were concentrated in a special section, and were famous for their filth and bad air. The prisoners there would constantly fight off mosquitoes, bedbugs, and rats in these calabozos.

Calabozo SectionCalabozo section in La Princesa

The calabozos were filled


3 Comments on “The Prisoners of La Princesa

  1. Patrick Henry once wrote: Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” Don Pedro Albizu Campos did not get liberty. He got tortured first, then he got death. There will never be another like him.

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