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Puerto Rico has been a territorial possession of the United States for over one hundred years. As a strategic insular possession and guardian of the Panama Canal, a lucrative offshore investment site for U.S. multinational corporations, and a long-standing source of labor power, Puerto Rico has had an important role in American history since 1898.This book provides a new and comprehensive interpretation of how the United States attempted to transform Puerto Rico from a neglected backwater of the Spanish empire into one of its key props in establishing hegemony in the western hemisphere. The book looks at the formative three-and-one-half decades of U.S. colonial rule, when the colonys key institutions, economic structures, and legal doctrines were transformed. Policy papers, speeches, newspaper articles, and memoirs from the period inform the study with particular detail and insight. The book also looks at the dynamics of U.S. expansionism during the Progressive Era and examines the normative and ideological constructions that were used to rationalize a campaign of territorial acquisition and colonial administration. It also demonstrates how the military and subsequent civilian regimes directed a process of institutional transformation, state building, and capitalist development.

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Upon acquiring Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, the United States moved quickly to convert this island nation into a strategic military base and lucrative investment site for American business, from which it could assert its hegemeony in the Caribbean. The Americanization of Puerto Ricos people and its political and legal institutions was pivotal to U.S. expansionism in the region. But the “Americanization” process was fraught with contradictions, provoking a nationalist uprising and an independence movement, and generating deep and enduring political divisions among Puerto Ricans.

About the Author

Pedro A. Caban teaches courses on the political economy of U.S.-Caribbean relations and Latino politics Rutgers University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813339030
Author:
Caban, Pedro A.
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
Puerto rico
Subject:
International - Economics
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
v. 6, no. 95
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
282
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.8 oz

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Upon acquiring Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898, the United States moved quickly to convert this island nation into a strategic military base and lucrative investment site for American business, from which it could assert its hegemeony in the Caribbean. The Americanization of Puerto Ricos people and its political and legal institutions was pivotal to U.S. expansionism in the region. But the “Americanization” process was fraught with contradictions, provoking a nationalist uprising and an independence movement, and generating deep and enduring political divisions among Puerto Ricans.
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