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Decolonization Models for America’s Last Colony: Puerto Rico - Angel Collado-Schwarz - Google Books
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Pub Date 17 Apr One of the favorite sports in Puerto Rico is to debate the political status of the island. Should it become independent? Or should it remain as it is, a commonwealth possession of the United States? The author of this book argues that it should become independent. He uses four major points to make his argument.
Decolonization Models For America's Last Colony : Puerto Rico
First, he says the United States government does not want to absorb Puerto Rico as a new state and he offers both recent and distant historical evidence in support of this statement. He lists a number of times that various Presidents and members of Congress have stated that Puerto Rico is a possession but not a part of the United States.
This reduces it to quasi-colonial status, rather than full membership as a state.
Second, he argues that Puerto Ricans do not want to assimilate into the so-called American mainstream. Instead, they prefer to maintain their own culture, including their language, religion, festivals, and other historical accoutrements.
They may be acculturated, but not assimilated. Third, the lack of sovereignty hinders the ability of the island to establish favorable trade relations with other countries because its trade policy is established by the federal government to the benefit of the United States and not necessarily that of Puerto Rico.
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