History of Puerto Rico: A Panorama of Its People

Updated and Expanded

Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, CHOICE Magazine

One of Puerto Rico’s leading historians, Fernando Picó has had tremendous influence over our currect understanding of Puerto Rican society. Here, he examines the ways in which developments in the courts and commercial centers of the Americas, Europe, and Africa have affected the common people, who have tried since the nineteenth century to take control of their political, social and economic lives. Picó expands his landmark 1986 book, Historia General, for this first updated American edition to include movements and events as recent as the fight for Vieques.

This  edition has been updated and translated by the author in 2017.


Fernando Picó (University of Puerto Rico) is author of several books, including Puerto Rico 1898: the War After the War. Puerto Rico Inside Out, and One Frenchman, Four Revolutions: General Ferrand And the Peoples of the Caribbean