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History Of Puerto Rico

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This course provides students with an overview of the history of Puerto Rico from the Pre-Columbian Age to the 21st century. The content of the course analyzes the causes and results of different milestones in the political, economic, and social history of Puerto Rico.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    • Describe the results of slavery, monoculture, and Triangle Trade in Puerto Rico.
    • Describe the growth of the economy and population of Puerto Rico between 1700 and 1823.
    • Situate Puerto Rican history in the Age of Revolutions.

    Before Contact

    • Describe the geography and ecosystems of Boriquén.
    • Compare pre-Columbian Taíno, Spanish, and African societies.

    Exploration and Colonization

    • Explain the colonization of Puerto Rico.
    • Analyze agriculture, slavery, and the estancia system in Puerto Rico.
    • Contextualize Puerto Rico in European struggles for power and wealth.

    From Colonia to Territory

    • Explain the transformation from a sugar-based economy to a more diverse economy.
    • Summarize political transformations in Puerto Rico between the Bolivarian revolutions and the Spanish-American War.
    • Analyze the exploitation of Puerto Rican resources by the American market economy.


    • Summarize the evolving economic and political relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.
    • Compare potential futures of Puerto Rico as an American state, as a Commonwealth, and as an independent nation.
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