Volume XXIII Number 39 ~ October 1, 1999

FrontPage Stories

Puerto Rico: The Forgotten Commonwealth

La Tierra de Borinquen
Donde he nacido yo,
Es un Jardín florido
De Mágico esplendor.
"En Mi Viejo San Juan"

.By Daniel L. Muñoz

It is not difficult to understand the hold that Puerto Rico holds for those of Puerto Rican descent, that live on the mainland, of the United States. It is their Patria Madre. It was where they first saw the vision of life and smelled the tropical pungent smells of what to them must have been heaven on earth. Their Paradise, however, finds itself embroiled in a desperate struggle for its very heart and soul. Shall it seek its' Independence, as Cuba and the Philippines did, who were also a part of the far flung Spanish empire before becoming a possession of the United States, a hundred years ago? Shall it instead ask the Congress to allow it to become the 51st state of the Nation? Or, shall it remain a part of the Commonwealth of the United States as it has been for the past hundred years? These are questions that have ruffled the feathers of the mostly Spanish speaking people living in Puerto Rico and brought heart wrenching dissension between the 2.5 million Puerto Ricans living in the United States and the 3.7 million citizens living in Puerto Rico.

A Glance at Puerto Rico



Capitol San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Island is 1,050 miles Southeast of Miami in the Northern Caribbean. It is a fairly large island encompassing 3,429 square miles. In size it equals the state of Connecticut. Its' population of 3.7 million equals that of Arizona and Kentucky. The Capitol is in San Juan and has nearly 500,000 residents. The metropolitan area of San Juan has a population of 1.6 million. The island is tropical with a mean temperature of 75º in Winter and 81º in Summer. Not withstanding a few tropical storms and hurricanes, its is a beautiful island.
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