Constructing a Colonial People: Puerto Rico and the United by Pedro A. Caban, Pedro A. Cab·n Rutgers University

By Pedro A. Caban, Pedro A. Cab·n Rutgers University

Puerto Rico has been a territorial ownership of the USA for over 100 years. As a strategic insular ownership and parent of the Panama Canal, a profitable offshore funding web site for U.S. multinational businesses, and a long-standing resource of work energy, Puerto Rico has had a huge function in American background on account that 1898.This publication presents a brand new and complete interpretation of ways the USA tried to remodel Puerto Rico from a overlooked backwater of the Spanish empire into one among its key props in developing hegemony within the western hemisphere. The e-book seems to be on the formative three-and-one-half a long time of U.S. colonial rule, whilst the colony’s key associations, fiscal constructions, and criminal doctrines have been reworked. coverage papers, speeches, newspaper articles, and memoirs from the interval tell the learn with specific aspect and perception. The e-book additionally appears on the dynamics of U.S. expansionism through the innovative period and examines the normative and ideological buildings that have been used to rationalize a crusade of territorial acquisition and colonial management. It additionally demonstrates how the army and next civilian regimes directed a technique of institutional transformation, kingdom development, and capitalist improvement.

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The recent acquisitions are but outposts of our future trade, and their chief importance consists not in their resources and capabilities, but in their unquestionable value as gateways for the development of commercial intercourse" (quoted in McCormick 1963, 155). In Ms influential work, World Politics: At the End of the Nineteenth Century, Reinsert summarized the relationship between sea communications and imperialism: In this connection the growing importance of sea communications, protected trade routes and naval stations, claims our attention.

A distinguished lecturer at the Naval War College, Mahan had been in regular correspondence with Theodore Roosevelt since 1890 and was instrumental in shaping his thinking on the necessity of a modern navy to achieve regional hegemony. A British naval officer familiar with Mahan observed that his purpose "was to awaken public opinion in the United States to the importance of a strong navy, and to bid them to look'outwards,' taking their rightful place among the nations" (Clarke 1898,293). Mahan explained the need to plan commercial competition in the context of potential military or naval conflict with the European powers.

Empire's hemispheric political and economic objectives in the late nineteenth century decisively influenced the colonial policy it devised for Puerto Rico. However, Puerto Rico did not figure prominently in the public debates or newspaper accounts during the period leading to the outbreak of war with Spain in 1898. Puerto Rico was scarcely mentioned in debates in Congress or the Spanish Cortes and seldom referred to in the diplomatic exchanges of the period (Carr 1984,33). Before the outbreak of war only a small group of naval planners and policymakers realized the potential strategic significance of Puerto Rico.

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