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[Detail] General view of harbor at San Juan, Porto Rico looking South.


Collection Overview

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age, contains first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's general collections. The materials in the collection, published between 1831 and 1929, portray the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A few of the topics highlighted in the 39 political pamphlets, 13 monographs, and 1 journal include: the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War

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Historical Eras

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  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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