This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The History Of Puerto Ricans' Migration To The United States

1679 words - 7 pages

The History of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States

Immigration to the United States has been occurring for centuries now. For years people from all different parts of the globe have dreamed of living in the United States, which is known to many foreigners as the land of opportunity. There are so many ethnic groups that exist in the United States that it has become known as the melting pot of the world. The Puerto Rican's migration to the United States was not an easy process. The Puerto Ricans faced discrimination in many walks of life in the USA. They were taken advantage of because they were naive and vulnerable to this new life. Eventually, in the twentieth century, the Puerto Ricans realized that they could stand up for themselves and what started out as class politics ended up giving rise to ethnic politics.

The Puerto Rican's first migrated to the United States in the1860s. It wasn't until the US domination of the island economically that the numbers of migration to the US started to grow. The Unites States found it necessary to implement a capitalistic way of life, which in turn brought about the problem of overpopulation. A way for the US to handle this situation was to ship many Puerto Ricans to the United States. Once they reached the mainland the Puerto Ricans were in need of work and willing to work for low wages. Puerto Ricans had absolutely no say in what their salary would be. They only received $.05 above the minimum wage for agricultural workers in New Jersey. For more history on Puerto Ricans and their migration to the United States read Paul Alfonso's paper. His paper describes the Puerto Rican history and struggle in migrating to the United States.

Puerto Ricans also faced the problem of low wages when they migrated to Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century. They were in competition with the immigrants from Japan. The Puerto Ricans were viewed as dirty and the Japanese were preferred over them. Therefore they were forced to work for extremely low wages. In the article "Policies of Exploitation and Racism: Puerto Ricans in Hawaii" it reads of disturbing
examples of the unfair treatment they received there. The Puerto Ricans were thought of as dirty and lost jobs to the Japanese that immigrated there because there were considered better workers and cleaner.

During the time period of 1898 to 1917 the Puerto Ricans that were living in the United States were considered to be citizens of nowhere. In 1901 there was a Supreme Court decision that stated Puerto Ricans: "belongs to, but is not part of America". The Americans felt as though they could just claim this land to be their own but not claim full responsibility for it. Puerto Rico at the time was inhabited by only about one million people. By the year 1917 Congress passed an act that made
Puerto Ricans "citizens". Even though this act stated that Puerto Ricans were "citizens" of the US the Puerto Ricans still did not...

Find Another Essay On The History of Puerto Ricans' Migration to the United States

The Impact of United States Rule on Puerto Rico

2249 words - 9 pages The Impact of United States Rule on Puerto Rico Puerto Rico spent most of its history under the control of Spain. In the year 1898, the islanders wanted their freedom and welcomed the U.S. invaders as their last hope of liberation from Spanish control. The United States brought the promise of democracy to Puerto Rico, but its true intentions did not include letting go of the island. Although the United States claimed that its intentions were

Puerto Rico and the United States

2012 words - 8 pages that Rosario Ferre wrote her novel not only to tell the history of the Island through her fictional two families but the main thesis running throughout the book is the question of power and who gets to write and tell the history. This thread runs deeper when we can also see it as a metaphor of the Puerto Rico vs. United States. There is no question that Puerto Ricans love their country, and at the same time accept the free association with the

Migration from Sudan into the United States

2601 words - 10 pages Migration from Sudan into the United States In recent years the US has experienced a large influx of migration. Immigrants come from many different countries, races, religions and for many different reasons. One group of immigrants that received national attention is a group from Sudan that has been called “The Lost Boys”. The reason behind the national attention is due to the dramatic circumstances that brought them to America

The United States Effect on Puerto Rican Music

1642 words - 7 pages tied to the United States. This is evident in the progression of Puerto Rican music, and the experience of Puerto Rican musicians both in the Diaspora and on the island. United States rule resulted in the uprooting and migration of Puerto Ricans both within the island, and off the island. Such migration led to diverse populations within regions. These populations led to variations within Puerto Rican music, which never would have existed had it

United States Colonial Rule of Puerto Rico

2089 words - 8 pages took over. Puerto Ricans became conditional citizens, and in my opinion, became so to give leverage to the United States over Philippines and threaten them. Yet again, Puerto Rican interests were not taken into consideration in decision making. Rather, American interests were. References Dietz, James, Economic History of Puerto Rico (Princeton: Princeton U Press, 1986), 98-170; 194-231; 242-250. Fernandez, Ronald. The Disenchanted

The Need for Positive Migration Policies in the United States

2245 words - 9 pages For Hundreds of years people have migrated to America in search of better opportunity. Immigrants are an essential part of American history; they have shaped the states by creating a diverse and unique cultural population in America and fueled the industrial revolution in search of better opportunity and a way to support a growing family. In the past, immigrates that came to America have promoted change through reform and have always had a

The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans

2026 words - 8 pages ://frontpage.trincoll.edu/sramos/puerto.htm). Regardless of the present obscurity of this history, the idea of ethnicity and identity has long been an influential factor in the lives of Puerto Ricans, especially those who have resolved to become actively involved in bettering their situations and those of generations to follow. The activism of the Puerto Rican people is evident in their migrations to the United States and their involvement in politics faced

The Impact of Spanish Rule on Puerto Ricans Today

1485 words - 6 pages The Impact of Spanish Rule on Puerto Ricans Today What was Puerto Rico like under Spanish rule, and how important is that rule to the formation of the Puerto Rican people today? To answer these questions, we must take a look at the history of the Spanish and their colonization of the island of Puerto Rico. As we know, Puerto Rico was a colony of Spain "found" by Christopher Columbus on November 19, 1493, and remained a colony of

Puerto Ricans Immigrating to America

2194 words - 9 pages Puerto Ricans Immigrating to America The migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States occurred in two major waves. The first wave was in the 1910s-1940s and the second wave was from the 1960s to the 1990s. Each wave of migrants brought new generations of Puerto Ricans to the United States. Both waves of migrants believed that they were going to live a better life in America and migrated to major cities such as New York City

The History of Mexican Immigration to the United States

2079 words - 8 pages The History of Mexican Immigration to the United States Missing Works Cited Over the passed one and a half centuries, since the Treaty of Hidalgo in 1848 gave the United States most lands north of the Rio Grande, the 1200 mile United States-Mexican border has been a very active one. Mexicans have emigrated from their homeland in droves over these years in three major phases preceded by a small phase. The Mexicans have made this exodus in

The Reasons Behind Puerto Rican Migration to America

2570 words - 10 pages The Reasons Behind Puerto Rican Migration to America As a Puerto Rican who was born and raised in Hartford, I did not think much about how or why my parents are here in the United States. It was after reading the articles in Hist 247 Reader: Latinos in the USA that I began to question the reasons and conditions of my grandparent's migration. Many think that Puerto Ricans began to migrate to the United States after 1898 when the United States

Similar Essays

Puerto Rican Migration To The United States

1559 words - 6 pages Puerto Rican Migration to the United States Unlike Mexicans, Puerto Ricans did not have a vast amount of land. However, the whites in America effected both people. Mexicans would lose their land in the southwest to the Anglos. The Treaty of Guadeloupe would create a harsh environment for the Mexicans where they were not equal citizens. Whites would come into the southwest and take the land that previously belonged to the Mexicans. For

Puerto Ricans In United States Essay

1650 words - 7 pages Puerto Ricans 1Puerto Ricans In United StatesCindy A. Delgado GuzmanEth 125 Cultural DiversityAxia College of University of PhoenixMr. Michael SellerMarch 4, 2007Puerto Ricans 2Puerto RicansPuerto Ricans did immigrated to United States and it all started back 1945. "Close to nine hundred thousand persons enumerated as residents of the United States by the last national census, taken in 1960. That total was largely the result of migration from

The Role Of Music During And After Puerto Rican Migration To The United States

1164 words - 5 pages The Role of Music During and After Puerto Rican Migration to the United States For Puerto Ricans, music served infinite purposes. It allowed for the formation and reformation of cultural views and opinions, through the lyrics in the songs. These views were constantly changing, which in turn fed into the ever evolving identity of the Puerto Rican people. As a vehicle of expression it stimulated thought and provided a method of

Puerto Rican Music In The United States

1713 words - 7 pages the United States' so there was an added lack of identity in the political realm. I view the role of Puerto Ricans as puppets in aiding American's to gain power and prestige in the world. Puerto Ricans, especially during the early part of American rule, were limited in their ability to infiltrate and influence politics in Puerto Rico. They were ruled by people who knew nothing of their history, did not speak Spanish, and even had never been to