Puerto Ricans – The Forgotten People of America (Puertorriquenos, Los Olvidados de America)

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

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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