This is how Puerto Rico became a sugar cane “production company” …. for the benefit of the “Master”! Benefits for the Islanders & workers, almost none …. Cheap labor!
Charles Herbert Allen was a minor Massachusetts politician. He served two terms in the US Congress. Though he’d never served in the military, he loved to dress up as an 18th century Army officer and have people call him “Colonel.”
Allen was the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico (1900-1901), appointed by US President William McKinley. The governor arrived in epic fashion with a 21-cannon salute, the 11th US Infantry Band blaring before him, and hundreds of armed soldiers marching behind.
It rained heavily that day. The sky was gray and overcast – unusually dark for the island of Puerto Rico. As Allen strolled toward the governor’s mansion, an assistant covered him with an umbrella. Everyone but the governor got wet.
La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, was barely recognizable. It was wrapped like a Christmas present. Governor Allen declaimed his inaugural speech under the largest imperial flags…
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