The New York Times: “Puerto Rico not prospering under United States rule. It was far better off when Spain governed it.”

  This shocking news was reported by the New York Times on October 4, 1903. In other words, within five years of US occupation, the Times already realized how its own country was operating in Puerto Rico. The… Read More

Historic Photo of the Day: New York Times announces “Our flag raised in Puerto Rico.”

  The U.S. occupation of Puerto Rico was hailed by the New York Times. The headline sang “Our flag raised in Puerto Rico.” It was the top story, front page, on July 27, 1898.  

White Man’s Burden: How the US perceived Puerto Ricans

  When the US invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, it had little prior contact with its people. This transatlantic ignorance was compounded by the inherent racism of southern congressmen. Here are some of their memorable opinions – declared… Read More

New York Times recognizes “the overlooked history of Puerto Rico” and the Revolution of 1950

  Yesterday, in its Sunday edition, the New York Times recognized the Revolution of 1950 in Puerto Rico. The Times called it exactly that…a revolution. The Times also acknowledged that this revolution is not mere “history,” but that… Read More

Historic Photo of the Day: Refreshment in the Mountains

  Louise and Edwin Rosskam lived in Puerto Rico from 1945 to 1953. Like the photographer Jack Delano, they initially arrived on a photo assignment – but they fell in love with the island, and decided to stay…. Read More