Puerto Rico had been under Spanish control for hundreds of years before the Spanish-American War brought it into the control of the United States. The island transformed from an agricultural colony to a densely populated American commonwealth. In PUERTO RICO IN AMERICAN HISTORY, Richard Worth examines the island’s history, from the early clash between Spanish colonists and the Taino people to the uncertain future of this growing nation, with some residents who want to remain an American commonwealth, those who want statehood, and those who want independence.
Before the Spanish-American War, the United States was a relatively isolated nation, but Cuba’s fight to gain independence from Spain garnered sympathy from America and the mysterious sinking of the US battleship Maine pushed the young nation toward war and into world affairs. Engaging narrative enhanced by excerpts from primary sources and images will enthrall students as they learn about the events that led to the war, the important battles and military leaders, the outcome, and the legacy it has today.
After the Spanish-American War brought Puerto Rico under the control of the United States, the island transformed from an agricultural colony to a densely populated American commonwealth. Explore the island’s rich history, from the early clash between Spanish colonists and the Taino people to the vibrant, yet uncertain, future of this growing nation.