Puerto Rico 1898: The War After the War

Picó’s text was originally published in Spanish in 1987, as one of several works written in the late-1990s marking the centennial of the Spanish-American-Cuban War of 1898 and its consequences for Puerto Rico. When the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, the country was seriously divided by social conflicts; the invasion gave rise to violent expression of those preexisting conflicts. Picó examines the armed groups that terrorized the Puerto Rican countryside in 1898 and 1899, attacking first the farms and rural stores of Spaniards, and later those of native-born Puerto Ricans of European descent.

Fernando Picó, of the University of Puerto Rico, is author of several books, including History of Puerto Rico: A Panorama of its PeopleOne Frenchman, Four Revolutions: General Ferrand and the Peoples of the Caribbean (both available from Markus Wiener), and Puerto Rico Inside and Out: Changes and Continuities.