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Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is officially named the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean. Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, and the United States Congress legislates many aspects of Puerto Rican life. However, the islanders may not vote in U.S. presidential elections. Since 1947, Puerto Ricans have been able to elect their own governor. The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language. The island's current political status, including the possibility of statehood or independence, is widely debated in Puerto Rico. The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is also popularly known in Spanish as la isla del encanto, meaning "the island of enchantment". Columbus named the island San Juan Bautista, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Eventually, traders and other maritime visitors came to refer to the entire island as "Puerto Rico", and "San Juan" became the name of the main trading/shipping port. For more on Puerto Rico visit: http://www2.pr.gov Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship is the sole ship of the Splendor class, a smaller, modified version of the Concordia-class cruise ship, operated by Costa. She entered service on July 2nd 2008. 3006 PASSENGER CAPACITY 1150 ONBOARD CREW 8 Days Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York, NY 08/29/2013 thru 09/06/2013 Ports of call: San Juan, Puerto Rico St. Thomas USVI United States Virgin Islands Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK United Kingdom, British Overseas Territory For more on Carnival Cruise line visit: www.carnival.com Video Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 09/01/2013
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jose sotovega (9 days ago)
this peleles Puerto Rican and US need to leave the island alone. American don't want PR has a state open ur fucking eyes
Ivan The Terrible (3 months ago)
Why vote for statehood its about time that we be an independant nation we gonna be all right we will survive, why be part of a nation that dont respect us that is allways talking about our language and cultural differences that is the xcuse they use to not take puerto rico as a state I bet that if PR population were white and speak english PR would it be a state long time ago so say no to the statehood be proud dont sell your pride once PR become a state pay taxes no pay they take your house your land or what ever you have vote for independence now.
Dannyy (6 months ago)
INDEPENDENCIA PARA PUERTO RICO 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷
Wolf THE GREAT Alpha (9 months ago)
JFK Barack Obama the greatest president of all time
guajon1 (11 months ago)
Statehood has never been in US plans for Puerto Rico. Statehood is a local embellishment of the statehood advocates who are in denial and do not want to understand that they will never give it to us . That is why unlike Alaska and Hawaii that were incorporated from the beginning when they were acquired Puerto Rico was left it as unincorporated territory because they never intended to do so. The US has always known and understood that Puerto Rico is a Latin American nation, different from them and after almost 120 years we remain so even though they tried to change us and could not. As long as we are useful to they interests, they will remain here but the day is near for your retreat. In 1917, when US citizenship was imposed on us, the US resolved the problem by making it easier for anyone who wanted to move to one of the states. Statehood was automatically granted with the citizenship that allowed that free movement so they not need  to make state the  territory. Puerto Rico is an invaded and occupied nation and invaded nations even if centuries pass at  the end there is only one natural destiny and it is freedom.
Ivan Pastoriza (1 year ago)
Hey you so called, defenders of democracy, US owes P.R. $410 Billion in negotiations which the US is currently neglecting on for decades and left P.R. in a huge financial hole. Here is a little history of P.R. and also 86% of Puerto Rico read speak and write fluent English even on their main land, 97% graduated high school, 40% have a bachelor’s degree and an additional 18% have a master’s degree. Not to mention that Puerto Ricans currently hold 3rd highest race to participate in the US military service with many of them currently holding "The Medal Of Honor" directly from the president himself at that particular time it was awarded to each of those people. 78% of Puerto Ricans pay for their private medical insurance as of 2017 census. - In (2010) it was 51.6% paying for their own private insurance. Census bureau says by year 2020 P.R. they foresee P.R. will be the second highest race in the US military. And their education percentage will also be higher. The English literacy rate of Puerto Rico is over 93% Many of the words that Puerto Ricans use for building names, household items and food products originated from the Taino Indians, who lived in Puerto Rico. Women from Puerto Rico have won the Miss Universe pageant five times and Puerto Rico competes in the Olympics every year and has won six medals total. The largest telescope in the world is located in Puerto Rico. It is used to look at asteroids in space, and determine if any ever get too close to the Earth. It was built by 1,820 Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico is about the size of the state of Connecticut. The Bacardi rum factory is located in Puerto Rico and is the largest rum distillery in the entire world (IN THE WORLD). That’s right, they manufacture things too..!! THE HISTORY THAT WILL OPEN YOUR BRAINS In 1890, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, a member of the Navy War Board and leading U.S. strategic thinker, wrote a book titled The Influence of Sea Power upon History in which he argued for the creation of a large and powerful navy modeled after the British Royal Navy. Part of his strategy called for the acquisition of colonies in the Caribbean Sea; these would serve as coaling and naval stations, as well as strategic points of defense after construction of a canal in the Isthmus. Since 1894, the Naval War College had been formulating plans for war with Spain and by 1896, the Office of Naval Intelligence had prepared a plan which included military operations in Puerto Rican waters. On March 10, 1898, Dr. Julio J. Henna and Robert H. Todd, leaders of the Puerto Rican section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party, began to correspond with United States President William McKinley and the United States Senate in hopes that they would consider including Puerto Rico in the intervention planned for Cuba. Henna and Todd also provided the US government with information about the Spanish military presence on the island. On April 24, Spanish Minister of Defense Segismundo Bermejo sent instructions to Spanish Admiral Cervera to proceed with his fleet from Cape Verde to the Caribbean, Cuba and Puerto Rico. In May, Lt. Henry H. Whitney of the United States Fourth Artillery was sent to Puerto Rico on a reconnaissance mission. He provided maps and information on the Spanish military forces to the US government that would be useful for an invasion. The Spanish–American War broke out in late April. The American strategy was to seize Spanish colonies in the Atlantic—Puerto Rico and Cuba—and their possessions in the Pacific—the Philippines and Guam. On May 10, Spanish forces at Fort San Cristóbal under the command of Capt. Ángel Rivero Méndez in San Juan exchanged fire with the USS Yale under the command of Capt. William C. Wise. Two days later, on May 12, a squadron of 12 US ships commanded by Rear Admiral William T. Sampson bombarded installations at San Juan. On June 25, the USS Yosemite blocked San Juan harbor. On July 18, General Nelson A. Miles, commander of US forces, received orders to sail for Puerto Rico and to land his troops. On July 21, a convoy with nine transports and 3,300 soldiers, escorted by USS Massachusetts, sailed for Puerto Rico from Guantánamo. General Nelson Miles landed unopposed at Guánica, located in the southern coast of the island, on July 25, 1898, with the first contingent of American troops. Opposition was met in the southern and central regions of the island but by the end of August the island was under United States control. On August 12, peace protocols were signed in Washington and Spanish Commissions met in San Juan on September 9 to discuss the details of the withdrawal of Spanish troops and the cession of the island to the United States. On October 1, an initial meeting was held in Paris to draft the Peace Treaty and on December 10, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed (ratified by the US Senate February 6, 1899). Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, ceded Guam and Puerto Rico and its dependent islets to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States and in turn was paid $20,000,000 ($580 million in 2017 dollars) by the U.S General John R. Brooke became the first United States military governor of the island. In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States. The first years of the 20th century were marked by the struggle to obtain greater democratic rights from the United States. The Foraker Act of 1900, which established a civil government, and the Jones Act of 1917, which made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, paved the way for the drafting of Puerto Rico's Constitution and its approval by Congress and Puerto Rican voters in 1952. However, the political status of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth controlled by the United States, remains an anomaly. The US is the one that has to make up its mind, and either, get rid of Puerto Rico, and give them the independency, or statehood, but it seems that every time there is a plebiscite, the results are ignored, and the US, just keeps maintaining Puerto Rico as a colony; ''and by the way, there has been several plebiscites in Puerto Rico, and this latest one, was not the first one that the statehood option, wins. You Americans, don't even know your own history, and at the same time, pretend to know everybody else’s, and like to pass judgement upon everybody like your shit don't stink! ''By The Way'', my name is Sergeant Ivan Pastoriza, a service member with eighteen years in the US Military; ‘’four in the US Marine Corps, and fourteen in the US ARMY. I served in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I am currently for the third time in Korea, defending your country from imminent treats. So before you continue opening your ‘’ignorant mouths’’, and continue passing judgement on all Puerto Ricans, ‘’like if they were the worst race in the world’’, just do some research first, and read history; ‘’something that almost all of you Americans seems not to do at all!’’. What a bunch of inbreed retards you find these days; ''GOD SAVE AMERICA THE GREAT!'' If your nation is the so called defender of democracy, stop keeping Puerto Rico as a colony, and cut them loose, just say, ''SCREW YOU ALL'', but NO, you just kept the island for over 150 years as a colony, and now, the great excuse is that Puerto Rico, just want to be part of the union in order to be bailed out of the debt it has; ''what a pathetic lie.'' The reason why the US does not want Puerto Rico to be part of the union, or grant that island independency, is because it is more convenient for the US to keep the situation as it is. An example of what I am talking about are the pharmaceutical industries on the island; they don’t pay as many taxes in Puerto Rico in order to keep their business running, compared to having their installations located in ‘’America The Great!’’. This is one of the many advantages the US has by keeping Puerto Rico as it is! Just stop being such a bunch of winning hypocrites, and if you hate Puerto Rico and its citizens that much, ‘’Nuke the crap out of that island, and BOOM, problem solved!’’ I mean, you done it before, you are a nation famously recognized around the world that constantly, bomb the living hell out of countries that cannot defend themselves, and at the same time, has a ''CRAZY WHITE SUPREMACIST NAZI as your president that likes to disclose confidential information to the enemies of his own country, fired an FBI director because he was digging out skeletons off of his closet, has immigration policies against illegal Latino immigrants; ''but not the white European ones, OF COURSE'', and constantly, keeps burning bridges with world leaders, making you guys look like a bunch of stupid ignorant retards!
Ivan Pastoriza (1 year ago)
Hey you so called, defenders of democracy, US owes P.R. $410 Billion in negotiations which the US is currently neglecting on for decades and left P.R. in a huge financial hole. Here is a little history of P.R. and also 86% of Puerto Rico read speak and write fluent English even on their main land, 97% graduated high school, 40% have a bachelor’s degree and an additional 18% have a master’s degree. Not to mention that Puerto Ricans currently hold 3rd highest race to participate in the US military service with many of them currently holding "The Medal Of Honor" directly from the president himself at that particular time it was awarded to each of those people. 78% of Puerto Ricans pay for their private medical insurance as of 2017 census. - In (2010) it was 51.6% paying for their own private insurance. Census bureau says by year 2020 P.R. they foresee P.R. will be the second highest race in the US military. And their education percentage will also be higher. The English literacy rate of Puerto Rico is over 93% In 1890, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, a member of the Navy War Board and leading U.S. strategic thinker, wrote a book titled The Influence of Sea Power upon History in which he argued for the creation of a large and powerful navy modeled after the British Royal Navy. Part of his strategy called for the acquisition of colonies in the Caribbean Sea; these would serve as coaling and naval stations, as well as strategic points of defense after construction of a canal in the Isthmus. Since 1894, the Naval War College had been formulating plans for war with Spain and by 1896, the Office of Naval Intelligence had prepared a plan which included military operations in Puerto Rican waters. On March 10, 1898, Dr. Julio J. Henna and Robert H. Todd, leaders of the Puerto Rican section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party, began to correspond with United States President William McKinley and the United States Senate in hopes that they would consider including Puerto Rico in the intervention planned for Cuba. Henna and Todd also provided the US government with information about the Spanish military presence on the island. On April 24, Spanish Minister of Defense Segismundo Bermejo sent instructions to Spanish Admiral Cervera to proceed with his fleet from Cape Verde to the Caribbean, Cuba and Puerto Rico. In May, Lt. Henry H. Whitney of the United States Fourth Artillery was sent to Puerto Rico on a reconnaissance mission. He provided maps and information on the Spanish military forces to the US government that would be useful for an invasion. The Spanish–American War broke out in late April. The American strategy was to seize Spanish colonies in the Atlantic—Puerto Rico and Cuba—and their possessions in the Pacific—the Philippines and Guam. On May 10, Spanish forces at Fort San Cristóbal under the command of Capt. Ángel Rivero Méndez in San Juan exchanged fire with the USS Yale under the command of Capt. William C. Wise. Two days later, on May 12, a squadron of 12 US ships commanded by Rear Admiral William T. Sampson bombarded installations at San Juan. On June 25, the USS Yosemite blocked San Juan harbor. On July 18, General Nelson A. Miles, commander of US forces, received orders to sail for Puerto Rico and to land his troops. On July 21, a convoy with nine transports and 3,300 soldiers, escorted by USS Massachusetts, sailed for Puerto Rico from Guantánamo. General Nelson Miles landed unopposed at Guánica, located in the southern coast of the island, on July 25, 1898, with the first contingent of American troops. Opposition was met in the southern and central regions of the island but by the end of August the island was under United States control. On August 12, peace protocols were signed in Washington and Spanish Commissions met in San Juan on September 9 to discuss the details of the withdrawal of Spanish troops and the cession of the island to the United States. On October 1, an initial meeting was held in Paris to draft the Peace Treaty and on December 10, 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed (ratified by the US Senate February 6, 1899). Spain renounced all claim to Cuba, ceded Guam and Puerto Rico and its dependent islets to the United States, and transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States and in turn was paid $20,000,000 ($580 million in 2017 dollars) by the U.S General John R. Brooke became the first United States military governor of the island. In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States. The first years of the 20th century were marked by the struggle to obtain greater democratic rights from the United States. The Foraker Act of 1900, which established a civil government, and the Jones Act of 1917, which made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, paved the way for the drafting of Puerto Rico's Constitution and its approval by Congress and Puerto Rican voters in 1952. However, the political status of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth controlled by the United States, remains an anomaly. Many of the words that Puerto Ricans use for building names, household items and food products originated from the Taino Indians, who lived in Puerto Rico. And no Christopher Columbus did not discover P.R. as there were already people living there. Women from Puerto Rico have won the Miss Universe pageant five times and Puerto Rico competes in the Olympics every year and has won six medals total. The largest telescope in the world is located in Puerto Rico. It is used to look at asteroids in space, and determine if any ever get too close to the Earth. It was built by 1,820 Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rico is about the size of the state of Connecticut. The Bacardi rum factory is located in Puerto Rico and is the largest rum distillery in the entire world (IN THE WORLD). That’s right, they manufacture things too..!! The US is the one that has to make up its mind, and either, get rid of Puerto Rico, and give them the independency, or statehood, but it seems that every time there is a plebiscite, the results are ignored, and the US, just keeps maintaining Puerto Rico as a colony; ''and by the way, there has been several plebiscites in Puerto Rico, and this latest one, was not the first one that the statehood option, wins. You Americans, don't even know your own history, and at the same time, pretend to know everybody else’s, and like to pass judgement upon everybody like your shit don't stink! ''By The Way'', my name is Sergeant Ivan Pastoriza, a service member with eighteen years in the US Military; ‘’four in the US Marine Corps, and fourteen in the US ARMY. I served in Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I am currently for the third time in Korea, defending your country from imminent treats. So before you continue opening your ‘’ignorant mouths’’, and continue passing judgement on all Puerto Ricans, ‘’like if they were the worst race in the world’’, just do some research first, and read history; ‘’something that almost all of you Americans seems not to do at all!’’. What a bunch of inbreed retards you find these days; ''GOD SAVE AMERICA THE GREAT!'' If your nation is the so called defender of democracy, stop keeping Puerto Rico as a colony, and cut them loose, just say, ''SCREW YOU ALL'', but NO, you just kept the island for over 150 years as a colony, and now, the great excuse is that Puerto Rico, just want to be part of the union in order to be bailed out of the debt it has; ''what a pathetic lie.'' The reason why the US does not want Puerto Rico to be part of the union, or grant that island independency, is because it is more convenient for the US to keep the situation as it is. An example of what I am talking about are the pharmaceutical industries on the island; they don’t pay as many taxes in Puerto Rico in order to keep their business running, compared to having their installations located in ‘’America The Great!’’. This is one of the many advantages the US has by keeping Puerto Rico as it is! Just stop being such a bunch of winning hypocrites, and if you hate Puerto Rico and its citizens that much, ‘’Nuke the crap out of that island, and BOOM, problem solved!’’ I mean, you done it before, you are a nation famously recognized around the world that constantly, bomb the living hell out of countries that cannot defend themselves, and at the same time, has a ''CRAZY WHITE SUPREMACIST NAZI as your president that likes to disclose confidential information to the enemies of his own country, fired an FBI director because he was digging out skeletons off of his closet, has immigration policies against illegal Latino immigrants; ''but not the white European ones, OF COURSE'', and constantly, keeps burning bridges with world leaders, making you guys look like a bunch of stupid ignorant retards!
Blue Thunder73 (1 year ago)
Either way the important thing is that Puerto Rico need to get rid of ELA.
ruben gutierrez (1 year ago)
No pride in becoming a State. You'll lose your language, your anthem, you'll slowly lose your culture.
Yesenia Rivera (1 year ago)
Sale outs
Rick Raven Rumney (1 year ago)
I would love Puerto Rico to stay and become a state. My Grandmother is from the Island and I can remember her teaching me Spanish as a child. The blending of the Italian and Puerto Rican culture is rich in my family. but I feel if PR goes the way of independence it could mean disaster for the island. More young people would leave making the the amount of people leaving now a drop in the bucket. The US would not swallow the islands 100 billion in debt. That would fall to whoever is left....making Haiti the promised land. The cause of the economic problems don't all start in Washington. Purto Rican politicians have robbed the island for billions of $$ for years. I am proud to have Puerto Rican blood...I just don't want to see matters made worse.
Jose Rivera (1 year ago)
Puerto Rico 51 State! Statehood All The Way!
Viking Trading (1 year ago)
SUPPORT PUERTO RICO'S STATEHOOD #TrumpActNow
Luis Medina (1 year ago)
Statehood for PR 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Ben Martinez (1 year ago)
Luis Medina thats why California and Texas wanna secede. america aint shit no more
musicum22 (1 year ago)
Puerto RIco is a colony. and it will most likely stay that way. No way it becomes a state because it would affect electoral college and give Puerto Rican people representation. Also it is a historically democratic island. Independence is an option, but it will only even happen if the US Govt allows it. Statehood will never happen and i think the people of Puerto Rico need to get that through their heads.
Carmen Santiago (2 years ago)
large coporation like mycrosoft do not want statehood for puerto rico they have shell companies in the island why pay 35% on tax when can 5% meanwhile thy are not creating any substantial jobs and people who live in the island pay 11% in taxes for almost everything
A.G. M.T. (2 years ago)
I prefer statehood because Independence is not good for business
A.G. M.T. (1 year ago)
No más rojo ni azul PRIndependencia The independence of P.R. is far far away for the island and Puerto Rico can come very close to become a 51st US state. Tomorrow November 8th We'll see the plebiscite of people from Puerto Rico
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
+LegoGuy87 Statehood is never going to happen congress isn't stupid enough to make Puerto Rico a state
LegoGuy87 (1 year ago)
Look, if you want to be a state, speak English most of the time, assimilate to American culture! jk
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
+Alex Brook Says you. Stop making things up, and be realistic
A.G. M.T. (1 year ago)
+No más rojo ni azul PRIndependencia shut the fuck up prick
Tiefkühlen (2 years ago)
Statehood would destroy our national identity, culture, language and stop our economy from succeeding because USA is giving us too many restrictions and not letting us flourish like Singapore or Hong Kong. Independence is the only long term solution.
Asantanapr1983 (2 years ago)
Puerto Rico is actually a unicorpotated territory of the united states, that means all federal laws apply like any part of the nation because even that is not a state it still part of the nation. Puerto Rico has a state goverment and residents of puertorico are actually americans since 1917, they can move and buy in any place of the US because is their country. The problem of Puerto Rico for not been a state is even that you pay Social Security, Medicare and join the armed forces, you can not vote for the president and congressmen. Ironically if you move to a foreign country like mexico you still can vote for the president and the congressmen of your state. If the federal goverment does not want to give statehood to residents in Puerto Rico then dont be surprised that thousands of Puerto Ricans moving to the states... By the way PaganSun, less than 3 % of residents in PR want independence.
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
+shaliska lee Siii 😊, que hay mucha gente en Puerto Rico que no creen que nosotros podemos ser un país próspero como Singapur o Hong Kong
shaliska lee (1 year ago)
+No más rojo ni azul PRIndependencia
shaliska lee (1 year ago)
Gracias💖U seem like someone that I would be really good friends with like I've never met someone that thinks just like me. I really hope our beloved Isla del Encanto becomes Free and Independent Once Again. Que Viva Puerto Rico, que pronto vamos a tener nuestra Independencia.👏💖💖
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
+shaliska lee Of course not, however you won't need US citizenship since Puerto Rico will be much much better off and like Ireland our people who have immigrated to the US will be able to come back
shaliska lee (1 year ago)
+No más rojo ni azul PRIndependencia If Puerto Rico Becomes Independence us who are born in Puerto Rico are no longer considered as U.S. Citizen's?
Big Val (2 years ago)
BORN AND RAISED IN PR. US NAVY VETERAN
Cynical Taco (1 year ago)
You wish lol
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
Cynical_ Taco Weeaboo
Cynical Taco (1 year ago)
PR is literally part of your username wtf
Tiefkühlen (2 years ago)
+Big Val Do you mean Puerto Rico? Im just confused because P.R is not an abbreviation used in the island nation
porto rico shouldn't be part of united states
Jose Caraballo (3 months ago)
Baji Scipio Dārayav Aurelius Julian Venizelos Nalwa THANK YOU, WHY THE INVATION
Asantanapr1983 (2 years ago)
+Baji Scipio Dārayav Aurelius “Hemu Rawal Domitian” Julian Venizelos Nalwa PR is allready part of the us.. is a territory that means it can independece , states cant.
AllySmiles201 (3 years ago)
Once you become state hood there's go going back! You sold your SOUL! I heard the The United States will be handing Puerto Rico over to China in order to settle debt. Is this true?
Gorilder (2 years ago)
+AllySmiles201 It would never even be considered.... the US doesn't give up territory or States unless those territories request independence (Philippines and Liberia)
Benjamin Martinez (3 years ago)
Dear sir and madam St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista) the statue is there because when Columbus discovered the island he named it San Juan Bautista, later on European cartographers erroneously interchanged San Juan for the city and Puerto Rico for the island as a whole.
miquella martinez king (3 years ago)
u see? ThePaganSun bitch has blocked me cuz he cant STAND the TRUTH. he doesnt really care about the WELFARE of puerto ricans in the isla. all he gives a fuck about is what OTHER PPL think n say. FOH. u know what? puerto rico SHOULD be a state. better THAT than becoming haiti part 2. #RealTalk #TraitorsGoKillYourself #Now #Today
+Benito Martinez​ u dumb AF & a true traitor. u supporting dat is like supporting my ppl to be poor & starving like ethiopia. FOH. u tell me exactly how PR is gonna PROPER if theyre independent. yall dont even have a BLUEPRINT. if u support independence wtf are U doing living in the STATES dummy? go move to the isla then. there should be SPACE now anyways
Ben Martinez (1 year ago)
miquella martinez king You are the traitor if you looked up the history of PR you would change your song. Us used and abused PR getting rich off the Plantations. they also segregated Puerto Rican soldiers in the army and forefullily steralized Puerto Rican women. Im a State Side Rican but I support independence.
Tiefkühlen (1 year ago)
+bow to your true king I'm not listening to other Latinos
IM UGLY (1 year ago)
nigger killers
miquella martinez king (2 years ago)
again stop listening to what those OTHER latinos say. look at mexicans n cubans....they sayin ohhh we sucking the gringo balls but see they risking their LIVES to come live in the US for a "better" life.
ThePaganSun (3 years ago)
I really wish these idiotic pro-statehooders would actually KNOW their shit about Puerto Rican history and politics before commenting! And lol...for those who don't know...if being a state was so "great" and would magically solve all our problems like pro-statehooders stupidly claim, then why do *1/4 of Americans want their state to secede from the USA?!?!*  http://blogs.reuters.com/jamesrgaines/2014/09/19/one-in-four-americans-want-their-state-to-secede-from-the-u-s-but-why/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_state_petitions_for_secession HA! There's some sobering facts that should shut up the pro-statehooders! Even 1/4 of Americans don't even want to be part  of the USA!!!! Statehood alone won't solve anything! There are plenty of poor states, too. In the end, the only solution is to eventually become independent! But until then, we should have "free association." And yes, free association has its own problems, but as one of the world's oldest colonies, we can't just jump straight in to full independence without some knowledge and experience of governing our own affairs.  And for all those nay-sayers, here's some info about "free association" and how you can be almost wholly independent while still maintaining ties with the USA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_of_Free_Association The countries that have it now are countries that were in similar situations and have the similar island climate as Puerto Rico! So don't fucking say it "can't be done." They are: the Federated States of Micronesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_States_of_Micronesia), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Islands), and the Republic of Palau (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau)! All of them had similar history with Puerto Rico and were once governed by Spain before they got sold to Germany after the Spanish-American War. And the USA later acquired them after WWII. They also have similar island climates and economies so basing our models from theirs shouldn't be that hard! Of course, hopefully, this will be a temporary solution in order to get PR to learn how to be a bit more self-sufficient, Full independence is the only way PR will maintain its culture and autonomy and solve its OWN problems without getting lost in a sea of federally weak 50 other states, 1/4 of Americans want to secede anyway. Statehood alone isn't going to solve diddly squat! It's time to stop duping yourselves! 
Angel M. Diaz-Rivera (3 years ago)
Statehood! 
miquella martinez king (4 years ago)
free puerto rico...u "independistas" are nuts. u wanna turn the isla into a 3rd world country like india & pakistan. free puerto rico cuz WHY? cuz other latinos like mexiturds, & cuban fags & sur american wetbacks keep saying u not really latino? but those same hypocrites are dying to get out of their own "amazing" countries for a "better life" in the u.s. wake the fuck up & focus on whats BEST for the isla. not on what those other jealous pendejos say.
Tiefkühlen (2 years ago)
+Thomas Rivera Puerto Rico Libre
Thomas Rivera (2 years ago)
+Angel Martinez +Angel Martinez ohh and just to give and example that is actually happening now in Puerto Rico about culture and Identity. Tell me who is Pedro Albizu Campos? Do you know he was Puertorican and was abused by the US? Do you know who is Ramón Emeterio Betances who gave speaches and gave IDENTITY to Puertoricans and much more. Also look at Lola Rodriguez de Tió who wrote part of the Anthem and she was a woman, in which the US at that time were not in favor of women doing things like that. Also let me ask you do you know Antonio Martorell (painter and winner of many awards) Eugenio María de Hostos, Julia de Burgos, Ramon Power and Guiralt, Luis Llorens Torres, Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, Ruben Berrios, Rosario Ferre, Rafael Cordero y Molina, and many more. I ask you this... Do you know them? I you do then your upholding Puertorrican culture and if don't know them... then your a perfect example of being sucked in to the US americanization they are trying to do with us, as they did to Hawaiians ((A nation without education, culture, and IDENTITY then its easy to manipulate)) I honor the soldiers but why do they fight if THEY killed our people since they invaded and "The Massacer of Ponce" is a great example. Also, in the Naval station in Vieques and Culebra they were using us as "bomb testing" and damaging the WHOLE caribbean not only us. They were also raping women and children but do you hear that? NO. Another treacherous thing is that they are saying that ZIKA is horrible here... but you know how many people died? Only 1 person and he died becuase he ignored the simptomes.
Thomas Rivera (2 years ago)
+Angel Martinez ohh and just to give and example that is actually happening now in Puerto Rico about culture and Identity. Tell me who is Pedro Albizu Campos? Do you know he was Puertorican and was abused by the US? Do you know who is Ramón Emeterio Betances who gave speaches and gave IDENTITY to Puertoricans and much more. Also look at Lola Rodriguez de Tió who wrote part of the Anthem and she was a woman, in which the US at that time were not in favor of women doing things like that. Also let me ask you do you know Antonio Martorell (painter and winner of many awards) Eugenio María de Hostos, Julia de Burgos, Ramon Power and Guiralt, Luis Llorens Torres, Gilberto Concepción de Gracia, Ruben Berrios, Rosario Ferre, Rafael Cordero y Molina, and many more. I ask you this... Do you know them? I you do then your upholding Puertorrican culture and if don't know them... then your a perfect example of being sucked in to the US americanization they are trying to do with us, as they did to Hawaiians ((A nation without education, culture, and IDENTITY then its easy to manipulate)) I honor the soldiers but why do they fight if THEY killed our people since they invaded and "The Massacer of Ponce" is a great example. Also, in the Naval station in Vieques and Culebra they were using us as "bomb testing" and damaging the WHOLE caribbean not only us. They were also raping women and children but do you hear that? NO. Another treacherous thing is that they are saying that ZIKA is horrible here... but you know how many people died? Only 1 person and he died becuase he ignored the simptomes.
Thomas Rivera (2 years ago)
+Kakashi Hatake true
Tiefkühlen (2 years ago)
+Angel Martinez Well firstly, we would lose our nationality and culture like Hawaii did also most of the "successful" Hawaiians were immigrants from Asia while the actual native Hawaiians suffered from loss of language, culture and land. Most native Hawaiians regret joining the US and want independence. Also if you want to serve the US so much than just move to the U.S you have 50 states to choose from so leave my country alone. Also India was British for over 200 years and Hong Kong for 150 years so being occupied by the US for over 100 years is irrelevant. Also thousands for Indians and Africans served the British crown so it doesn't matter that Puerto Ricans fought for the US. If you don't love your country (Puerto Rico) than just move to the U.S. Also the US ruined our economy when they invaded us. Spain was about to give Puerto Rico independence and our economy was great and our education system was even better than that of Spain itself. Learn some history and how we could still prosper as independent http://www.amazon.com/War-Against-All-Puerto-Ricans/dp/1568585012 http://www.amazon.com/Decolonization-Models-Americas-Last-Colony/dp/0815609639
miquella martinez king (4 years ago)
@ThePaganSun - are u kidding me? "we can handle our own" uh..do u have the smarts n the tools like japan does? wake up. stop being ungrateful.
ThePaganSun (3 years ago)
LOL...how about it took me a year to respond to a stupid ass slut who didn't even RESPOND correctly?! We nationals care MORE about our OWN peoples welfare than uppity, pathetic bitches like YOU and the rest of shitty USA! LOL...you think that was the only incident or the only proof of American brutality?! Ha! Man, do you have a lot to learn, bitch?! You have NO idea what the process for statehood is or how an independent country is actually run! Did you realize that your "precious" USa is actually the reason why most Latin American countries are "poor?!" And has interfered in secret with THEIR sovereign governments?! http://www.zompist.com/latam.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covert_United_States_foreign_regime_change_actions http://www.globalresearch.ca/a-timeline-of-cia-atrocities/5348804 - Look especially at the Latin American countries here! You'd see how "great" your pathetic USA really is! Of you didn't, bitch, you probably eat their shit for cereal! Overthrowing _democratically elected presidents_, supporting dictators, supporting military coups, assassinating elected leaders, etc.! You call _that_ "great?!" You think we should be "grateful" to be invaded and interfered with?! You're such a dumbass. YOU are the *TRAITOR*, you fucking ignorant cunt piece of shit!!!! You know NOTHING about Puerto Rican or even Latin American history and DARE assume the USA is so "great" when 1/4 of its OWN citizens want to secede and with their embargoes, sanctions and CIA secret ops that has often interfered in LAtin American affairs is a MAJOR reason why much of Latin America is so poor and chaotic?!?! So how about you shut your fucking putrid mouth and learn your history before making dumbass comments about shit you obviously do NOT know a damn thing about! I'm not gonna whore out my country to American-kissers like you that don't know jackshit about statehood would really mean and how it won't SOLVE EVERYTHING!!! So fuck you, cunt. Learn about American politics and economics before saying shit about other countries! YOU are the fucking *TRAITOR* to the island! Puerto Rico is my home, not this fucking country that INVADED us, used and got rich off our sugar plantations, interfered with the politics of many fellow Latin American countries and helped murder many of them! Be their fucking slave if you want, bitch. I for one will NEVER accept their hypocrisy. So fuck off, bitch. Worry about your "precious" USA's own problems and shit. Because trust me....they got their own shit to worry about. And lol....how much does it hurt a little bitch like you to know that 1/4 of Americans don't want their state to be part of the USA anymore?! LOL! Yup! You're doing "oh so well." So "well" that 1/4 Americans don't even want to be part of the USA anymore! HA! Eat a dick, bitch. 
miquella martinez king (3 years ago)
+ThePaganSun​​ lmaoooooooo!! it took your old retard ass a fuckin' year to come up with dat excuse. u loony ass nationalists dont give a shit about your own ppls welfare. u gonna tell me dat all cuz of an incident from 1937, u wanna punish your own ppl n turn puerto rico into a 3rd world status poor country?! bitch do u KNOW how lucky the isla is? course not. all u give a shit about is what the OTHER hating latinos told u. like mexirats, dirty ass platanos n Castro hoe cubans telling u "oh puerto rico is not a real country. its part of the WHITE mans country" u ate their lies up like a gullible fish n wanna punish Puerto Rico. if u cant even handle the drug issues in puerto rico which is nicknamed ZOMBIE ISLAND, what the fuck makes u think u can handle the islas TRADE? is u fucking kidding me? i dont give a fuck who u hate but i know u are a TRAITOR n a TRAITOR is waaaaay more hated than a nuyorican. bet on it. why dont U educate yourself n when u do, read about TODAYS issues not issues dat happened when your gramma was a lil girl. 
ThePaganSun (3 years ago)
Yeah, we DO actually. Puerto Rico has produced some of the most successful people in the world which you'd know if you got your dumb head outta your ass! And I said we could "handle our own TRADE if we broke ties!" If you're gonna quote me, at least get it right, idiot! ""Ungrateful?!" Fuck you, bitch! You have NO idea how the USA has treated Puerto Rico in the past! Take this and educate yourself, you fucking hick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponce_massacre Holy shit! No wonder I'm starting to hate Americans! They fucking think they can order people around and think they're the saints when really it's THEIR fucking fault Puerto Rico is in the mess it's in and we're supposed to "be grateful?!" How about YOU fuckers be grateful that we haven't kicked you out of OUR island already, you dumbass hypocrites?!? And no wonder people on the island hate Newyoricans when they talk shit like you! Fucking idiot...
Rene Hernandez (4 years ago)
Roosevelt did not granted citizenship, he impsosed it
Alan Scott (10 months ago)
Once you have the majority of the votes for independence. I will fight tooth and nail for your independence from the U.S., the U.S. is losing around 18 billions dollars in aid to the country. If you gain independence, I think both countries will get what they want, U.S. doesn't have to give out citizenship to Puerto Ricans as well as the illegal immigrants coming over to have kids in Puerto Rico, no more federal aid, or worried about hundreds of billions in debt from the country. Puerto Rico can make their own decision and do whatever you want to do as a free and independent country. You definitely can do it by yourself. Other latin countries will rush in to help you until you're back up on your feet. It's better to be a proud and independent country than be a part of the evil Western colonization.
Blue Thunder73 (1 year ago)
Rene Hernandez And wasn't Roosevelt, was Woodrow Wilson.
Thomas Rivera (2 years ago)
look at that, I am ready for a revolution right now. Puerto Ricans serve in the military and can't even vote for anything nor bring a company from the states NOR work with our neighbors Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica or other countries that are not part of the US
RightWingCon81 (4 years ago)
Excellent video. How long have you folks lived on the island, if you live on the island at all. I'm just making an assumption.
Antonio Vicente (4 years ago)
Independence!
ThePaganSun (4 years ago)
I hope we become independent or free association first to get used to the idea of being self-sufficient. If we break ties, we can handle our own trade, our own system or government, rely more on tourism and by doing so protect our beaches and national resources, give less subsidies to big corporations and more to small businesses and farmers to increase agriculture, etc. 
ThePaganSun (3 years ago)
+Psonegamingclips  Oh fuck you. LOL PR "become a state in 2016?!" Man, you're fucking stupid! 1) An actual _binding referendum_ will be needed to determine what Puerto Ricans _on the island_ want. The 2012 Referendum was *NOT BINDING* and was even criticized by some members of the party that proposed it!  2) Despite the frenzied and completely American-biased claim that Puerto Ricans "want statehood," the 2012 _actual referendum_ shows that 54% want Puerto Rico to change its political status and *of those 54%, 61% wanted Puerto Rico to become a state!* It was NOT 61% *of the whole island like the dumb American-biased media made it seem! It was merely 61% OF the 54% that wanted to change its political status! People need to get their fucking FACTS straight! A mere 8% difference in favor of changing the political status is NOT enough to determine the political and economic future of a territory! 3) Even if Puerto Rican themselves voted overwhelmingly for statehood, it's up to Congress to vote the new state in and that in itself poses other problems because a) the 50 states already in the Union will see their already weak federal power diminish even more so they won't be keen to vote another state in and b) Puerto Ricans (and Latinos in general) usually vote Democrat and so a Republican controlled Congress sure as hell won't vote in a Spanish speaking, mixed race, Democrat-voting majority territory like PR! c) Puerto Rico isn't the _only_ incorporated territory the USA has! We're just the most populated and "different" one and that's because we're actually Latin American! But with PR's political situation "decided", what then will be done about Guam, the USA Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana, and American Samoa who will either want independence or also become states?! You think the USA want to lose its territories if they want to become independent or you really think they will try to incorporate yet 4 more states in an already very weak federal government?! Yeah right! 4) And finally statehood alone won't solve all the island's problems as proven by many still poor states the USA has such as Mississippi! And due to their very weak federal power, most states probably feel like their own needs and wants are not being met when they have to wait to be heard and share their federal power with 49 other states. That's why 1/4 Americans want their state to secede from the USA! And I'm not gonna support whoring out my country for something that probably won't solve much in the long run!  So there you have it. Proof that "statehood" is _at best_ a bandaid for a deeper problem and at worst, a terrible solution that will probably _cause_ more problems than it solves. And proof that YOU need to mind your own damned business and worry about your OWN country's shitty politics and problems before trying to tell other countries want to do with theirs!!! 
ThePaganSun (3 years ago)
+Psonegamingclips Ummm...YES. How about you mind your own goddamned business and either tell me exactly what "chance in our government" you speak us or quite frankly, shut the fuck up! Because honestly, the USA itself has both fucked US over and fucked ITSELF over by electing idiots like Bush in the past! So how about you take a long, good look at your OWN government if you want incompetence?! Either way, it's PUERTO RICANS who will have the final say and Congress should respect that. Idiots like you don't get ANY say in how we run OUR own island! Fuck off. 
HlddenTalent (3 years ago)
Umm no. You guys don't stand a chance, you had a chance in your government still fucked you over
A320steven (4 years ago)
54% of Puerto Ricans voted against the current status! it is time to change Puerto Rico's colonial status. As a Proud Puerto Rican and American I hope we will become the 51st state.
Leo Alicea (7 months ago)
I want my Puerto Rico my Borinkén to be free. USA is destroying the island. The 70billions is the USA fault.
Alan Scott (10 months ago)
It's not up to the president. They need 2/3 of the vote in congress. Good luck getting 2/3 of the Republicans and Democrats to agree on that.
Ben Martinez (1 year ago)
Im Puerto Rican-American never set foot on the island or know much about the culture. But If PR knows whats good for em they'll choose independence. If PR becomes a state i give it about 50-100 years before we lose our culture. Puerto Ricans on the Island are blind if they think the US cares about them.
El Fuerte Melendez (1 year ago)
Independence is the only way. The USA really don't care for Puerto Rico, they never did.
Tiefkühlen (2 years ago)
+Antonio Vicente The high majority of Puerto Ricans don't even consider themselves Americans. Our nationality is Puerto Rican
Sebastiana Morfi (4 years ago)
That will never happen!!! Long live Pto. Rico Free!!!
Sebastiana Morfi (4 years ago)
Almost half of the USA was part of Mexico.. you did not know that? Read about world history, and do deep researches and investigations, you certainly been brainwashed.
Joe (4 years ago)
puerto rico needs to be independant. Peurto ricans american born shouldnt have to resign there citizenship because they were born here like white people. But puerto rico shoud be a free country with its own president and own goverment free from strings on its back
Larry-three (4 years ago)
I can't wait for Puerto Rico to become a state. :^)

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