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824521.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:28 am Reply with quote

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the Caribbean Sea.

Puerto Rico (Spanish = rich port) is an archipelago of the large island of Puerto Rico and some smaller islands, the largest of which are Culebra, Mona and Vieques.

Taínos lived on the islands before they were claimed for Spain by Columbus and were almost wiped out by disease and forced slavery.

Spain ruled Puerto Rico for over 400 years.

The link between the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States dates back, like that of Cuba to the Spanish-American War, after which Spain ceded the islands to the U.S. in 1898.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but may not vote in U.S. presidential elections although they seem to have primaries???

The Commonwealth elects a governor and has a degree of autonomy.
The official languages of the country are Spanish and English.

A recent visit by Obama to the neglected US outpost re-kindled the debate about whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state.

824589.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:06 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:

A recent visit by Obama to the neglected US outpost re-kindled the debate about whether Puerto Rico should become the 51st state.

And had nothing at all to do with nailing down the Puerto Rican diaspora vote for the 2012 election, oh no.

824654.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:17 pm Reply with quote

Lol, nothing at all!

Puerto Rico does indeed have primary elections, but does not vote in the Presidential election. The same is true of Guam, American Samoa, and all the rest of them.

The subject of Puerto Rico becoming a state does come up from time to time. But in fact, Puerto Ricans don't particularly want it. There are several reasons for that - one is that they don't want to be made to speak English rather than Spanish, another is that at present they don't pay federal income tax. (No taxation without representation, and stuff.)

As for which of the mainland parties would stand to gain from Puerto Rican statehood, no one really knows. Puerto Rico has its own political parties for local elections, and all three main parties there have both Democrats and Republicans among their leading figures.

One quarter of Puerto Ricans are black; the vast majority of the rest are Hispanic and Catholic. On the face of it, that suggests that they would favour the Democrats. But they are socially rather conservative, which might suggest otherwise.

824798.  Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:10 am Reply with quote

Sounds as if their concern is more no representation without taxation than vice versa.


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