Question: Why isn't Puerto Rico considered a sovereign nation?

Answer: Because they voted to be a territory of the United States instead of a sovereign nation.

PR would not survive as a sovereign nation. They would be Haiti if they had to take care of their own.

The only question now is will they ever become a state. Or will they remain a US territory forever.


A little history:

* PR was a sovereign nation before 1503 when the Taino indians ruled Boriken (the taino name for Puerto Rico).
* In 1503, under the leadership of Juan Ponce De Leon, Spain conquerred PR and made it a colony.
* Puerto Rico remained as a spanish colony until 1898. For a few months (weeks?) in 1898 Puerto Rico reached a bit of autonomy but still under Spain control).
* In July 1898 USA invaded PR during the HispanoAmerican War of 1898, and the end of the war Spain ceded PR and other possesions to USA. Puerto Rico became an US territory.
* There are more than one type of US territories, PR is an organized territory (meaning with local goverment) and at the same time a non incorporated territory of the USA.
* Through history several plesbicites (votes) have been made to solve the status issue of the relationship of PR and USA. In the first three (1967, 1993, 1998) the desicions have been to stay with our current status (i.e. US territory).
* In the last plebiscite (November 2012) the majority or the votes were to change the current territorial status of PR. In a second question the status option with more votes was statehood, that is to join USA as the next state.

Edited by kyle585 (03/31/14 10:21 PM)