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Puerto Rican Statehood Chronology

1998

U.S. House passes bill authorizing new plebscite on island's status; goes to Senate for consideration.  Senate refuses to allow formal recognition of a Puerto Rican vote.

Governor to Press for Statehood
(Dec. 15, 1998)
Puerto Ricans: `None of the Above'
(Dec. 14, 1998)
Puerto Ricans Bid to End Identity Crisis
(Dec. 13, 1998)
Puerto Rico Status Vote Offered
(Aug. 2, 1998)
Thousands Protest U.S. Control
(July 26, 1998)
1993

Retaining commonwealth status edges out statehood in local plebiscite; independence a distant third.

1968
First pro-statehood governor, Luis A. Ferre, elected.
1952
Commonwealth administration adopted for island.
1948
Puerto Ricans elect governor for first time (Luis Muñoz Marin).
1946
First Puerto Rican-born governor, Jesus T. Pinero, appointed.
1937
37 killed in anti-U.S. protest in Ponce.
1917
U.S. citizenship granted to Puerto Ricans.
1900
Civilian colonial administration established.
1898
Puerto Rico gains autonomy under Spanish rule; U.S. troops take island during Spanish-American War; U.S. military government takes over.
1873 Slavery abolished.
1508

Spanish colonization begins

SOURCE: Associated Press, staff reports

1999 The Washington Post Company

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