Puerto Rico’s Revolt for Independence: El Grito de Lares


Wagenheim, Olga Jiménez de

Subject: Caribbean, Latin America, Latin America: Colonialism, Puerto Rico,

This book interprets Puerto Rico’s first and most significant attempt to end its colonial dependence on Spain. Looking at the imperial policies and conditions within Puerto Rico that led to the 1868 rebellion known as El Grito de Lares (the Scream of Lares), the author compares the colonization of Puerto Rico with that of Spanish America and explores why the island’s independence movement began decades after Spain’s other colonies of the region had revolted. Through the extensive use of previously unresearched archival materials of the rebel movement, she corrects many errors found in earlier accounts of the revolt, and offers new interpretations of the movement’s impact on Spanish-Puerto Rican relations.


Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim (Rutgers University) is author of Puerto Rico: An Interpretive History from Pre-Columbian Times to 1900 and co-editor of The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History with her husband, journalist Kal Wagenheim. (Both titles are also available from Markus Wiener).


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