Today in History - July 17, 1898: The Spanish surrender to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Paris is signed the following February, which gives the United States control of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
As a result of the Spanish American War of 1898, as per The Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, the Phillipine Islands and Guam to the U.S.A. On March 2, 1917, The Jones - Shafroth Act was signed granting collective U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship. Puerto Ricans do not need Passports to travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S.A.
1898: the Spanish-American War...On April 25, 1898 the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898. As a result Spain lost its control over the remains of its overseas empire -- Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines Islands, Guam, and other islands.
With the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Isla de la Mona, was handed by Spain to the United States. On December 22, 1919 the island was declared an "Insular Forest of Puerto Rico", under the auspices of the U.S. Forest Law. | Puerto Rico ☀️
With the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Isla de la Mona, was handed by Spain to the United States. Within two years of occupation, the Mona Island Light, left in an unfinished state since the beginning of the Spanish–American War, was completed and began operation. The lighthouse was designed by the Spanish engineer Rafael Ravena in 1886. On December 22, 1919 the island was declared an "Insular Forest of Puerto Rico", under the auspices of the U.S. Forest Law #22. Mona Island Puerto Rico