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“Charles Herbert Allen was the first U.S. civilian governor of Puerto Rico (1900-1901). He was also the greatest robber baron to ever hit the island.
Charles Herbert Allen was the first U.S. civilian governor of Puerto Rico (1900-1901). He was also the greatest robber baron to ever hit the island. In only 17 months as governor, he wired the entire economy and built himself a sugarcane empire, with Allen as its King.
This empire still exists today: it is called Domino Sugar. Here is how Allen did it…
ALLEN THE CONQUEROR
On April 27, 1900, Allen arrived on the island like a Roman conqueror: with a naval cannon salute, the 11th US Infantry Band trumpeting in front of him, and hundreds of armed men marching behind him.
The governor’s mansion was gift-wrapped. Allen delivered his inaugural address behind the largest, most imperial flags that Puerto Ricans had ever seen.
Swearing-in ceremony of Gov. Charles Herbert Allen
After his speech, Gov. Allen wasted no time. He immediately created a budget for the entire island, with little consultation…
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