From Ariel Blondet's Personal Collection

First Company of native Porto Ricans enlisted in the American Colonial Army, Porto Rico.

The men are closing their knapsacks after having opened them for inspection...


The Porto Ricans are enthusiastic workers. When they were asked to "charge" upon the camera they
did so with a will. The picture was made just before the men "split" and dodged the camera.

This exercise has added to the agility, strength, and chest measurement of the
men in a remarkable way.   It has also added perceptibly to their average height.

It is said to be the finest barracks in the possession of the United States, and will accommodate an entire battalion formation

Our Fellow Americans from the Isles of the Sea - Porto Rican Bat-
talion, Inaugural Parade, Washington, D. C.


(HW) Harper's Weekly
        New York, February 1, 1902
        Uncle Sam's Man-Factory in Porto Rico

Library of Congress
(CLW) Charles L. Wasson
          Washington, DC, March 4, 1905

(SW) Strohmeyer & Wyman, Publishers
        New York, NY 1899

National Archives and Records Administratrion
(NARA) Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army
          1798 - 1914; RG-94
          M-233; Roll 69

New York Times
(NYT) New York, NY March 5, 1905


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Revised: February 17, 2011
URL: Puerto Rico: My Ancestors and Their Descendants

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