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Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State?

Will Puerto Rico Be America’s 51st State? | Geography Education |
Millions of American citizens on the island have spoken. Now, Washington must act.

After the Nov. 6th referendum, the question of Puerto Rico's political status vis-a-vis the United States for the future is actually murkier than it was before.  The Puerto Rican voters have spoken, but the meanings of the plebiscite results are still being debated. 

James Hobson's curator insight, September 25, 2014 11:21 AM

(Central America topic 5)

To me it seems like Puerto Ricans are fighting an identity issue more so than a political one. Regardless of what the island is referred to in a strictly-political sense, it seems like the main concern is the preservation of their unique cultural identity. In other words, although many disagree on what type of term should be associated with Puerto Rico, but most do agree that currently they are overlooked or under-acknowledged. I see how this can be related to inhabitants of Hawaii and Alaska; they don't necessarily mind being strongly associated with the United States, but they would like some distinction to make their culture and history better known. In this way political maps don't serve full justice to their desires, but perhaps those with cultural and historical statistics may better symbolize what lies at the root of such struggles.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 28, 2014 5:35 PM

The author of this article provided a unique insight about what it meant to be from Puerto Rico when she recalled her memory from her fourth grade class. People clearly recognize themselves as Puerto Rican and not American although the President is considered their head of state.  It is understandable why national identity would be be confusing.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 5, 2:20 PM

I found the article very interesting.  It makes sense that the Republican party would not want 4 million Hispanic voters.  It is interesting that the island is "colonial" in nature.  I guess in a way it is being kept like that.  I don't see the US giving it up or "selling" it as the 4th grader suggested because of pure vanity.  The island would have to sink for the US to give it up.  

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