The History of Puerto Rico
A part of the United States for a century now, and yet in many ways distinctively apart from it, Puerto Rico has a historical legacy that keeps getting richer. Archaeological findings continue to reveal much about the island's pre-Columbian history, and new DNA studies confirm that many Puerto Ricans descend from the Taino people, who predated Columbus's arrival by centuries—a culture previously thought to be extinct.
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This book offers a concise yet comprehensive history of Puerto Rico, from the reign of Taino Indians through its centuries as a Spanish colony to its present-day standing as a thriving economic force in Latin America with a unique and ever-evolving relationship with the United States.
Drawing on dramatic recent developments in research, The History of Puerto Rico offers the most up-to-date and fully realized exploration of the island's past for students, travelers, and general readers alike.
The History of Puerto Rico ranges from the earliest indigenous settlements to the reign of the Taino, from the centuries under Spanish control through more than 100 years of life under the U.S. flag. Insightful and authoritative, the book helps readers understand the history behind Puerto Rico's complicated contemporary political status, its unique relationship with the United States, and the current efforts of Puerto Ricans to reclaim their indigenous and African heritage, leverage their bilingual culture for economic gain, and celebrate their cultural and artistic achievements.
- Includes a section on notable Puerto Ricans with biographical information
- Presents a detailed bibliographic essay with sources in English and Spanish
- Offers the richest, most accessible portrayal of the breadth of Puerto Rican history available in English
- Helps readers understand the complex political and cultural relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States
- Draws on a wealth of fascinating new archaeological and biological research that reveals much about life on the island of Puerto Rico before the arrival of Columbus
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The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world's nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation's long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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"This book is highly recommended for collection wanting to update their national history collection for this part of the world. It provides current information and statistics about Puerto Rico. A good index is available for research."
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