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The History of Puerto Rico
2nd Edition
by Lisa Pierce Flores
February 2024, 227pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7803-9
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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A richly informed and thoughtful introduction to the natural and human histories of Puerto Rico and its peoples.

This second edition of The History of Puerto Rico introduces readers to the peoples of Puerto Rico, their Indigenous past, and their centuries-long resistance to and accommodation of colonial rule and U.S. territorial control.

Now in its second edition, The History of Puerto Rico is a richly informed and thoughtful introduction to the Caribbean island and its peoples. Beginning with a cultural history of the island’s earliest inhabitants and placing particular emphasis on the pre-colonial Taino culture, the book explores Puerto Rico’s long history as a colony, first under Spain and then as an unincorporated U.S. territory with varying degrees of autonomy. Going beyond the usual listing of important historical figures and government officials, the author explores how Puerto Rico’s Indigenous peoples and working classes have worked together to survive and maintain their cultures and traditions under colonial rule for more than 500 years. A new section outlines ongoing efforts to determine how, when, or if Puerto Rico will gain statehood or independence, and a revised conclusion examines the most pressing challenges facing the island today. These include income inequality, a debt crisis, and an uncertain future in which Puerto Rico is more vulnerable than ever to climate change and natural disasters.


  • Walks students and general readers through the human history of the island
  • Seeks out and integrates answers from experts into a narrative designed to address the questions that students and general readers are most likely to have about Puerto Rico
  • Reflects the rich cultural diversity of Puerto Rico's multiracial population
  • Examines the colonial and ongoing political relationships between Puerto Rico and the Spanish Empire and Puerto Rico and the United States
Lisa Pierce Flores is a journalist, essayist, poet, communications consultant, and former columnist for Hearst Media. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other publications. She has taught courses on history, journalism, literature, publishing, and writing at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, Manhattanville College, and Norwalk Community College.

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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