The purpose of the Foraker Act was to establish a limited government in the recently acquired territory of Puerto Rico. The act also outlawed cockfighting in the territory.Know More
Puerto Rico had been acquired by the United States from Spain as a part of the terms of the Treaty of Paris in 1898, and the Foraker Act of 1900 was the first limited application of civilian government on the island. It was named for its chief sponsor, Ohio senator Joseph Foraker. It is also sometimes called the Organic Act of 1900.
The act gave Puerto Rico a governmental structure somewhat similar to the states, with a governor, an 11-member executive council, a 35-member House of Representatives, a Supreme Court and District Court, and a Resident Commissioner in Congress. None of these positions were subject to elections, however, with the exception of the House of Representatives. All other positions were appointed by the federal government and only five members of the executive council could be residents of Puerto Rico. Residents of Puerto Rico also did not receive United States citizenship at this time. The act also made all federal laws applicable in the territory.
The governmental system created by the Foraker Act was in place until 1917, when it was replaced by the Jones-Shafroth Act.Learn more about US History
Aside from America, the nations of Liberia and Canada, the Australian territory of Norfolk Island and the unincorporated American territory of Puerto Rico are known to celebrate Thanksgiving as a national holiday every year. Canada celebrates its Thanksgiving in October, Liberia commemorates this occasion in early November, and Puerto Rico celebrates at the same time as the continental United States.Full Answer >
Consisting of around two thirds of Puerto Rico's population as of 2014, Roman Catholicism is the major religion, although Protestant Christianity is also a common religion, with more than 25 percent of the territory's people belonging to one of its denominations. Some of the Protestant branches of Christianity found in Puerto Rico include Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Pentecostal. There are also those people of Jewish faith in the territory.Full Answer >
Puerto Rico became a United States territory following the signing of the Jones-Shafroth Act by President Woodrow Wilson on March 2, 1917. This signing meant that Puerto Ricans could become U.S. citizens by act of Congress rather than through the Constitution.Full Answer >
William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States and led it to victory in the Spanish-American War, allowing the nation to gain control of Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. His leadership placed the nation in a position to become a world power. An assassin shot McKinley just six months after re-election and he died eight days later, making Vice President Theodore Roosevelt the new president.Full Answer >