José de Diego

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Dr. José de Diego y Benítez (April 16, 1866July 16, 1918), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was a statesman, journalist, poet and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain.


  • We wish to be citizens of the United States or citizens of Puerto Rico. In either case, with all the inherent rights of a natural sovereignty.
  • If the U.S. flag in Puerto Rico covers an American territory, we Puerto Ricans, by natural rights, are perfect U.S. citizens. U.S. citizenship should not be imposed on a Puerto Rican if he does not want it, but if there is a law making all Puerto Ricans ipsofacto U.S. citizens, then the ideals of the people of Puerto Rico would be achieved.

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