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:

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This chapter examines how the Agregado Resettlement Program failed to satisfactorily complete the settlement of landless families and to offer adequate opportunities for residents of land reform communities. In particular, it discusses the use of the Agregado Resettlement Program as an international model of development, particularly in the 1960s, and then outlines the processes that were simultaneously transforming the program from within. The aim is to analyze the significance of the Agregado Resettlement Program for Puerto Rico and the United States. In addition, it explains how parcelas were used as an excellent tool for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) leaders to become legitimate colonial administrators. The aftermath of distributing land is summarized. All the efforts and struggles of parcela residents are in the past, but their minds retain memories of exploitation and hardship. Long-time residents view their past as penury and their present as an improvement. But they also note a change in the tone of community life.

Keywords: Agregado Resettlement Program; parcela; land reform; Puerto Rico; United States; Popular Democratic Party

Chapter.  6432 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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