It almost happened … Three times! The “great” Luis Muñoz Marin stopped it …. for his personal gain!
On three separate occasions – in 1935, 1943 and 1945 – the U.S. offered Puerto Rico its independence. Each time, the political leaders of Puerto Rico rejected it.
The chief opponent to this independence was Luís Muñoz Marín.
Not just once, but onall three occasions, Muñoz Marín hurried up to Washington, D.C. to testify against the independence of Puerto Rico. Here is a headline from 1935: the front page of El Imparcial newspaper.
This front page headline threw Muñoz Marín into a panic. Repeatedly he told the U.S. Congress, that if they approved the independence bill of Senator Millard Tydings, then Puerto Rico would “physically perish within five years.”
In opposing the Tydings independence bill, Muñoz Marín even defied his own government. In 1945 eleven of nineteen senators, twenty-two of thirty-nine representatives, and forty-two of seventy-three mayors favored the Tydings bill.
All told, 57 percent of Puerto Rico’s…
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