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War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

When the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico 117 years ago, Gen. Nelson A. Miles declared that: 

We have come to bring you protection, not only to yourselves but to your property, to promote your prosperity, to bestow upon you the blessings and liberal institutions of our government…and to give the advantages and blessings of enlightened civilization.”

Gen. Nelson A. Miles

Aside from assuming that Puerto Rico was not “civilized” or “enlightened,” these words were supplemented with the following, on the floor of the U.S. Senate: 

A heterogeneous mass of mongrels make up their citizenship…they are incapable of self government…savages addicted to head-hunting and cannibalism.” (U.S. Senator William B. Bate; April 2, 1900) 

God has made us adept in government so that we may administer these savages and senile peoples.” (U.S. Senator Albert J. Beveridge; January 9, 1900)

On February 22, 1899, the New York Times

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