Braschi, Wilfredo

Braschi, Wilfredo Cuatro caminos, crónicas de viajes Journalist, professor, essayist and short story writer. He distinguished himself as a journalist for various newspapers and literary magazines in Puerto Rico. He was known for cultivating a cultured style of journalism that presented the Puerto Rican social and cultural reality and for his literary criticism. He was [...]

Brau, Salvador

Brau, Salvador Salvador Brau monument Outstanding and prolific Puerto Rican writer. He was a historian, poet, playwright, essayist and journalist. The majority of his work is considered part of the second era of Romanticism, although his essays have marked tendencies toward realism. He was a member of the Autonomist Party and published articles that promoted [...]

Brazilian Resistance’s Archaeology and History

Archaeology, History and the Study of Resistance in Brazil The archaeological research of slavery in Brazil began late, not until the late 20th century. This was due to the prevalence of interpretive models from the United States, in particular those models referring to the predominance of middle-class lifestyles. Archaeological study of slavery took a secondary [...]

Brief Environmental History of Puerto Rico

Brief Environmental History of Puerto Rico The problems related to managing natural and environmental resources have, in one way or another, played a fundamental role in the development of various human societies over time. This is due to the unavoidable relationship that exists between the state of the physical and natural environment and human beings. [...]

Brief History of Puerto Rico

Brief History of Puerto Rico Reenactment of a Taíno Indian ceremony at the Caguana Ceremonial Center in Utuado Puerto Rico is the smallest island in the chain known as the Greater Antilles, which is located in the Caribbean Sea. For four centuries the island was a colony of Spain, before becoming a U.S. territory in 1898. The island’s first [...]

Brief History of Salsa Music

Brief History of Salsa Music Cortijo y Maelo The emergence of salsa, at the end of the decade of the 1960s, took the musical scene in Puerto Rico and in New York by storm. It came to be the rhythmic and narrative representation of our modern urban history. Both in its strong, aggressive sound and [...]

Brief History of the Government of Puerto Rico

Brief History of the Government of Puerto Rico First Puerto Rican governor, Jesús T. Piñero, appointed by President Truman in 1946. Puerto Rico has evolved politically from the time it was first settled. Before the Spanish arrived, the indigenous society had a form of tribal government ruled by caciques, with a hierarchical matrilineal structure. After [...]

Brief History of the LAI of Puerto Rico

Brief History of the Inter-University Athletic League of Puerto Rico LAI The Puerto Rico Inter-University Athletic League (LAI for its acronym in Spanish) is a non-profit sports organization. Its members are various institutions of higher education and its biggest event is its intercollegiate games. The LAI was established in 1929 to promote and regulate sports [...]

Brief history of the municipality of Río Piedras

Brief history of the municipality of Río Piedras Pilar Church and Convalecencia Town square Río Piedras has left indelible marks on the modern history of Puerto Rico. This former municipality, now a part of San Juan, has played an important role in the development of the island’s transportation, education and commerce. By 1647, there already [...]

Brief History of the San Juan Paving Stones

Brief History of the San Juan Paving Stones Aída Raquel Caro Costas, Humanist of the Year 1999 The City of San Juan Bautista in the 19th century was extolled for its patriotic pride and singled out for favors, rewards and recognitions granted by the Royal Decree of April 13, 1799, in recognition of its defense [...]