Hostos and his Ideal for Puerto Rico
This travel souvenir from Puerto Rico almost has a personality that alludes to the values that influences the country into the future. When visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city, stop by the extravagant statue depicting Eugenio Maria de Hostos. Hostos was a scholar and a politician who lived in the Nineteenth century. He was an important public figure in the country as he was committed to the arts and the culture. He supported the idea that the country should be a federal republic. In his most renowned novel, La Peregrinacion de Bayoan, he shows the Spanish how unjust was not to recognize Cuban and Puerto Rico's independence, the last two countries in the continent to separate from Spain's rule. For this reason, Hostos has been called the citizen of America. It is no wonder as he actively participated in the wars of independence in Cuba and in Puerto Rico. His commitment to education pushed him to found the Liga de Patriotas, an organization oriented to educate the population of this country.
Puerto Rico, Today
Today, Puerto Rico is part of the United States, as an unincorporated state. However, it has its own constitution that serves its citizens to administer internal affairs. Citizens from Puerto Rico can vote in the American Presidential elections but only if they are in the continental USA. Here, almost everybody speaks Spanish, which is a heritage from their colonial past. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.