The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Puerto Rico:
U.S. Colony since 1898

Aug 1, 2016

Puerto Rico became a U.S. colony in 1898, after the Spanish-American war. But the people of Puerto Rico did not become full U.S. citizens.

From a “possession” ruled by a governor, Puerto Rico became a “territory” in 1917, which “allowed” Puerto Ricans to serve in the U.S. army in World War I.

In 1952 Puerto Rico became a “commonwealth.” Puerto Rico got its own flag and its own anthem, but this did not change the island’s domination by the U.S.

Puerto Ricans are free to move to the mainland U.S. But those who stay on the island cannot vote for U.S. president or elect representatives to Congress.

More than half the population lives under the poverty line.