Puerto Rico: An Interpretive History from Precolumbia Times to 1900 / Edition 1

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Since many of the documents and books about Puerto Rico were written by the colonizers, only the victors were celebrated. With this in mind, the author has expressly composed this book from the viewpoint of the colonized, suppressed, and exploited. She challenges a previously-held notion that the Tainos simply gave up at the first sight of the Spaniards, and shows that they not only fought the intruders, but continued to resist them for more than sixty years after the battle of Yaguecas. The author discusses the fate and contributions of Africans who, as slaves or as free persons, became instrumental in Puerto Rico's social and economic development and shows how this multi-cultural Caribbean island brings together the global traditions of the Americas, Africa, and Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761223
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 447,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Land and the Amerindians 1
Ch. 2 The Newcomers to Boriquen 19
Ch. 3 "Discovery", Conquest and Colonization 35
Ch. 4 Foreign Attacks and Imperial Neglect, 1570s-1699 59
Ch. 5 The Colony is Reformed, 1700-1799 77
Ch. 6 Creoles Seek Political and Economic Power, 1800-1830s 105
Ch. 7 Sugar, Slavery and Absolute Rule, 1830-1867 137
Ch. 8 From the Lares Uprising to Autonomy, 1868-1900 163
Ch. 9 Invasion and Occupation by the United States, 1898-1900 195
Ch. 10 Portrait of the Society 227
Notes 263
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    A Peak at Puerto Rico's Past

    There is much too little historical literature available on Puerto Rico and as such, Olga Jimenez De Wagenheim¿s book on the history of Puerto Rico is very much welcomed. ¿Puerto Rico: An Interpretive History from Precolumbia Times to 1900¿ gives the reader not only the physical and geographical description of Puerto Rico and its surrounding, smaller, islands, but also an idea of the many facets that make the island what it is today. Wagenheim covers the culture, politics, economics, religious beliefs, traditions, education, racial and gender prejudices, and much more. She discusses the original inhabitants of Boriquen -the Archaic, Igneri, Ostioniod and the Taino tribes- and their way of life before Spain¿s conquest of the Island. Wagenheim depicts Puerto Rico as the lush and beautiful island that it was, its people farming and cultivating a variety of foods, such as, yucca, corn, yam, ajies (chili peppers), peanuts, guavas, jobos (grapes), and papaya. . . . The Taino people grew tobacco, hunted iguanas and cories and raised chickens and turkeys for food. This is why Spain renamed Boriquen, Puerto Rico (Rich Port). Wagenheim does a superb job of describing the multi-cultural environment that shaped the Puerto Rican identity and their struggles under Spanish rule, and Puerto Rico¿s forced colonization under the United States after the Spanish-American War. She also depicts what life was like in Puerto Rico¿s society and how they endured their oppression under United States¿ rule: their loss of power and the right to govern themselves, the lack of education and employment, and the lack of support (especially economic) during their hardships, just to name a few. She also describes some of the heroes of Puerto Rico, heroes of the struggle for independence, education, equality, and humanity. As the publisher states, there is little historical information, or evidence available about this early period in Puerto Rico¿s history. Taking this under consideration, the author has done a marvelous job of research and documentation. Her writing opens the historical doors, giving the reader a peek at a place we know too little about, Puerto Rico. I earnestly recommend ¿Puerto Rico: An Interpretive History from Precolumbia Times to 1900¿.

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