Title

The identity of the modern Puerto Rican

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Robert Cruz TiradoFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Spanish Teaching Certification

Minor

N/A

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Dr. Mica Garrett

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Oral Presentation

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The identity of the modern Puerto Rican

The Puerto Rican identity is a result of the fusion of three races, Taínos, Spanish, and African. This mixture has a great impact on what being Puerto Rican means today. The result is that Puerto Ricans have inherited many aspects of customs and traditions. For example, Puerto Rican’s Spanish language has inherited vocabulary from Taínos, such as the hammock, and barbecue that without a doubt are one of the most popular objects in this cultural. From the Spaniards, they acquired the Spanish language, and Catholicism. From the Africans they inherited percussion instruments such as the drum and rhythms that combined with others have created unique Puerto Rican folkloric music and dance, such as la Bomba. Since 1898, the United States has played a very important and controversial role for many Puerto Ricans due to the great power it has over the country. In this presentation I will explain the meshing of identities created in Puerto Ricans by being both American citizens living under a Free Associated State, as well as culturally and racially Puerto Ricans. They are known for their great patriotism and for their long history of cultural preservation, which creates conflicts in many when it comes to talking about possible statehood for the country.

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The identity of the modern Puerto Rican

The identity of the modern Puerto Rican

The Puerto Rican identity is a result of the fusion of three races, Taínos, Spanish, and African. This mixture has a great impact on what being Puerto Rican means today. The result is that Puerto Ricans have inherited many aspects of customs and traditions. For example, Puerto Rican’s Spanish language has inherited vocabulary from Taínos, such as the hammock, and barbecue that without a doubt are one of the most popular objects in this cultural. From the Spaniards, they acquired the Spanish language, and Catholicism. From the Africans they inherited percussion instruments such as the drum and rhythms that combined with others have created unique Puerto Rican folkloric music and dance, such as la Bomba. Since 1898, the United States has played a very important and controversial role for many Puerto Ricans due to the great power it has over the country. In this presentation I will explain the meshing of identities created in Puerto Ricans by being both American citizens living under a Free Associated State, as well as culturally and racially Puerto Ricans. They are known for their great patriotism and for their long history of cultural preservation, which creates conflicts in many when it comes to talking about possible statehood for the country.