Puerto Ricans have been part of America since 1896. They were made citizens of the United States in 1917. Here are two photos of Puerto Rican bands formed in New York city circa 1930: Augusto Coen and his Golden Casino Orchestra, and Don Rafael and his Orchestra. (Los puertorriqueños forman parte de América desde 1896. Se hicieron ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos en 1917. Aquí están dos fotos de bandas puertorriqueñas formadas en la ciudad de Nueva York hacia 1930: Augusto Coen y su Golden Casino Orchestra, y Don Rafael y su Orquesta.)
Images of America PIONEROS Puerto Ricans in New York City 1896 – 1948 published by Arcadia Publishing. Authors: Felix V. Matos-Rodriguez and Pedro Juan Hernandez