During the 1930s and 1940s, there was heavy migration from Puerto Rico to the continental U.S. by people in search of better economic conditions. In 1945, there were 13,000 Puerto Ricans living in New York City. By 1955, there were 700,000, and by the mid-1960s, there were over one million.
The Puerto Rican people, or Puerto Ricans, are U.S. citizens originating from Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans are largely the descendants of native Taíno Indians, Spaniards, and African slaves. Other groups that have settled in Puerto Rican are the Lebanese, Scots, Corsican, Irish, French, German, Chinese, and people from other West Indian islands.
This is an interview of a Puerto Rican immigrant by a reporter working for the Federal Writers’ Project during the Great Depression. It is part of the Spanish Book.
Why do people migrate?
How does migration affect the migrant and the community into which they migrate?
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