Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States after the Spanish-American War in 1898. And the reality is that the last, borderline democracy that the Nation has seen was probably in 1809. Napoleon had taken over Madrid and axed King Ferdinand VII and appointed Joseph, his brother, King of Spain. During that process, Ramón Power y Giralt, a Puerto Rican, was elected as the island's representative. He was the first and last Puerto Rican to ever participate in democracy. With that said, Giralt helped to write the Constitution of 1812. After Waterloo . . .
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