Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico

Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico introduces students to the history, economy, environment, and culture of Puerto Rico through essays, poetry, and fiction.

We are pleased to share the third edition of our book Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico edited by Marilisa Jiménez García. The first edition was released in 1990 and the second in 2006.  

This third edition includes many new pieces and updates to the original text to reflect the political, social, and environmental events of the past decade. Selected pieces are available individually online (they are linked in the table of contents below) and the entire book can be downloaded as a PDF for free.


Learn about organizations and websites with contemporary stories about Puerto Rico, including PR on the Map.

We recommend the readings at #PRsyllabus and programs on Democracy Now for current news. At Social Justice Books there is a list of recommended books about Puerto Rico and a list of films and organizations.

The New York Times released an invaluable photo essay, “The Disappearing Schools of Puerto Rico.” Photographed by Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi, the piece serves as a powerful exposé of the dire conditions of education in Puerto Rico. The summary notes, “Over the past three years, hundreds of schools have closed across Puerto Rico. Their ruins are among the most visible evidence of the island’s vicious circle of poor governance, neglect by Washington and environmental catastrophe.”

Please make a donation so that we can promote and continually update Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico.

In addition to support for the book, we encourage direct support for people in Puerto Rico. Here are recommendations: “Puerto Rico Still Needs Our Help. Here’s What You Can Do.




Table of Contents

Part 1: History and Geography

Part 2: Identity

  • Introduction
  • Child of the Americas
  • Borincan Lament/Lamento Borincano
  • Black and Latino
  • Arturo Alfonso: Our Forgotten Scholar
  • Eric Velasquez: An Afro-Puerto Rican Illustrator of Our Times by William Garcia-Medina
  • Our Mother’s Struggle Has Shown Us the Way
  • Quinceañera
  • A Warrior Am I
  • In the Shade of the Níspero Tree
  • The Puerto Rican Coquí
  • In My Old San Juan/En la calle San Sebastián

Part 3: Government, Economy, and Civic Life

Part 4: Land and Environment

Part 5: Culture and Traditions

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