Land Distribution and the Rise of a New Party Politics

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:
Land Distribution and the Rise of a New Party Politics

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This chapter describes efforts to cope with the problems of land concentration and landlessness during the early decades of the twentieth century. It also deals with the experimental efforts of government officials and politicians to bring about a degree of land distribution in order to reduce unemployment, monocrop cultivation, and internal migration to the cities. It reviews the emergence of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) in the late 1930s and illustrates how the PPD won popular support by instituting a complex reform program embodied in the Land Law of 1941. In addition, the birth of the PPD is investigated. Puerto Rico's land reform sought to resolve an economic problem in an attempt to develop the country. The government designed land reform in order to improve living conditions and create the necessary infrastructure to foster development and reduce dependence on the sugar cane industry. Nevertheless, the program was strongly political.

Keywords: Popular Democratic Party; land distribution; 1941 Land Law; land reform; Puerto Rico; unemployment; monocrop cultivation; internal migration

Chapter.  7274 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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