The United States and Puerto Rico
1898: The war between the United States and Spain begins. The United States troops arrive at Guánica and the island is now under United States rule.
1899: The hurricane San Ciriaco ruins the sugar and coffee industry. Jose Celso Barbosa creates the Republican Party.
1900: The"Foraker Act" officially creates the colony of Puerto Rico.
1904: Luis Muñoz Rivera founds the Unionist Party
1917: The "Jones Act" allows United States citizenship to Puerto Ricans and Pablo Iglesias is elected to the Senate.
1922: The Nationalist Party is created.
1936: Two gunman kill Puerto Rico's chief of police
1937: The police kill 20 nationalist protestors in the Massacre of Ponce.
1938: The son of Luis Muñoz Rivera, Luis Muñoz Marín creates the popular democratic party
Luis Muñoz Marín (americanhistory.edu)
1942: The "Compañía de Desarrollo Industrial" is created.
1946: President Truman designates Jesús Piñero as governor. Piñero is the first native Puerto Rican governor.
1948: Muñoz Marín is elected for governor.
1950: People from the nationalist party try to kill President Truman in D.C.
1952: Puerto Rico now is a repulic of the United States
1954: People from the nationalist party shoot and wound five members of Congress.
1960's: "Operation Bootstrap" is a program that tries to help Puerto Rico's economy by encouraging other countries to open factories on the island.
1964: Muñoz Marín renounces his position as governor.
1967: More than 60% of voters choose to remain as a republic of the United States.
1968: Luis A. Ferré is elected for governor
1976: Carlos Romero-Barceló is elected for governor
1978: The police kill two young independists creating the Cerro Maravilla Scandal.
1983: The Renovation Puerto Rican party is created
1986: A fire kills over 97 people
1989: Hurricane Hugo damages se Vieques and Culebra
Huracán Hugo (bbc.co.uk)
1991: The governor Hernádez Colón negates English as the official language of Puerto Rico
1992: The new governor Pedro Rosselló restore English as an official Puerto Rican language.
1993: Again, the majority of the voters wish to remain as a United States Republic.
1998: Hurricane George damages the island and the majority of voters do not want to be a state of the United States.
2000: Síla María Calderón is elected for governor.Síla María Calderón (soyunica.gov)