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[Detail] General view of harbor at San Juan, Porto Rico looking South.

Historical Analysis and Interpretation: Identifying Authors and Assessing Credibility

If you are fluent in Spanish, scan histories of Puerto Rico in the collection that were written to counteract errors and misconceptions regarding the history of the island. Use the Contributor Index to locate works by historians such as Salvador Brau and Cayetano Coll y Toste. Examine the point of view of authors such as José Pérez Moris and Pedro Tomás de Córdova to determine how their political perspectives may have influenced their accounts of the abortive Grito de Lares revolution or their appraisal of Spanish rule of Puerto Rico. Research the authors of these works to learn more about their views.