Ever wondered how Puerto Rico became part of the US?
Well, here’s why!
By 1895 Spain had rule only over Cuba, and had the fame of being quite oppressive The situation gained American sympathy and made Spain give it up along with other territories- through war.
The Spanish-American war had as a result the Treaty of Paris (signed Dec. 10, 1898). This treaty made Spain renounce all claim to Cuba, and ceded Guam and Puerto Rico to the US. And that’s not all, they also transferred sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States.
This treaty is important because:
1. It ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americans and let them focus on their internal issues.
2. The U.S. acquired territories in the western Pacific and Latin America and got new stake in international politics.
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica