“Puerto Rico was not by any means a proper subject for American intervention. If war was carried to its territory by the United States, it was because Puerto Rico was Spanish ter ritory, and because it was said that for military reasons hos tilities were necessary both in the Greater and the Lesser An tilles. And if Puerto Rico was ceded by Spain to the United States, not entirely without protest by Spain, it was only be cause President McKinley “desirous of exhibiting signal gen erosity to Spain,” relieved her from paying any war indemnity to the United States, but demanded in exchange the cession. (Mr. Day to Duke of Almodovar del Rio, July 30, 1898.)
Through that act of signal generosity of President McKinley, resembling that of Eneas when killing young Lausus, Puerto Rico became an American possession. The voice of Puerto Rico was not heard. The idea that the Puerto Rican people might have something to say on the subject, or that a bargain of this kind, no matter how gen erous on the part of one belligerent, might need at least pro forma the consent of the Puerto Rican people, was not even thought of.
The island and its people were conveyed from one sovereign to another as a farm and its cattle are conveyed from a master to another.”
From The Case of Puerto Rico by Manuel Zeno Gandia
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From Albizu to Lolita to Oscar… #FreePuertoRico
Luis Rosa Perez is a former US held Puerto Rican political prisoner of war. He served almost 20 in US prisons for fighting to free Puerto Rico from the colonial relationship it’s had with the US since 1898. In 1999 he along with others were given clemency by President Clinton. Sacrifice Without Hesitation is his story. This is part one of a weekly documentary web series.
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