If you thought the American Civil War ended slavery in North America, you’re half right.
Cuba didn’t abolish slavery until 1869, and did so almost at the very moment of its independence from Spain.
Puerto Rico, also a colony of Spain, had to wait even longer.
On September 24, 1868, about 500 Puerto Rican rebels had led an uprising against the Spanish government in the town of Lares. The Grito de Lares (Shout of Lares) …Read more
Okay, here I’m using ‘American’ in its broader sense. A Chilean once told me how he didn’t like the word ‘American’ or ‘America’ referring to one country. America stretches from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego and encompasses two continents, he reminded me. Why let one country hijack the name? I suppose it’s because it’s shorter than saying ‘United States citizen’.
Today is the birthday of (North) American hero John A. MacDonald, the …Read more