Chapter

On being Landless

Ismael García-Colón

in Land Reform in Puerto Rico

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033631
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033631.003.0002
On being Landless

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This chapter presents a social, political, and economic background of Cidra and the east central region where the community of Parcelas Gándaras is located. It also describes the way of life of landless families before the Agregado Resettlement Program and the social and economic conditions that gave rise to the Land Law of 1941. The economic and social transformations in Puerto Rico that were the prelude to the Agregado Resettlement Program are then explained. In addition, it demonstrates how the lives of landless families reflect the working and living conditions that maintained them at the bottom of Puerto Rican society. It first reviews United States colonialism in Puerto Rico, as it succeeded the territory's rule by Spain. It discusses the spread of market relations, in the form of export-oriented agriculture and particularly as they affected landlessness in the east central region where the municipality of Cidra is located. By the 1930s, economic, social, and political processes were undermining the prevalent social order.

Keywords: agrarian capitalism; Cidra; Parcelas Gándaras; landless families; Agregado Resettlement Program; 1941 Land Law; Puerto Rican society; colonialism; agriculture

Chapter.  8177 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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