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El Mundo. [volume] : (San Juan, P.R.) 1919-1990
Place of publication:
San Juan, P.R.
Geographic coverage:
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico  |  View more titles from this: City State
Puerto Rico Ilustrado
Dates of publication:
  • Año 1, no. 1 (17 de feb. de 1919)- (7 de dic. de 1990).
Daily June 7, 1970-<1987>
  • Spanish
  • Puerto Ricans--Newspapers.
  • Puerto Ricans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01083707
  • Puerto Rico--Newspapers.
  • Puerto Rico--San Juan.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01214595
  • Puerto Rico.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01205432
  • San Juan (P.R.)--Newspapers.
  • "Diario de La Mañana."
  • Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
  • In Spanish.
  • Suspended publication Nov. 16, 1965-Jan. 10, 1966; Sept.-Dec. 1987.
sn 86077151
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El Mundo

El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico) printed its first issue on February 17, 1919. This Spanish-language publication self-identified as the "Diario de la mañana" ("the daily"). In its first years, El Mundo's content primarily focused on providing informaton from the Americas and Europe, frequently including news services from the United States.

The paper covered Puerto Rican politics, the economy, and daily life in the villages. It also reported information about strikes in the sugarcane and tobacco industries, the 1918 influenza epidemic, and struggles for women's rights. It covered local elections, includign the 1920 elections in Puerto Rico for the positions of Senate, House of Representatives, and mayoralties. In contrast to these local elections, the governor was appointed by the President of the United States.

The debate over political control of Puerto Rico dates back to the late nineteenth century. In 1898, the United States formally became the main buyer of sugar from the island. That same year, the US invaded, and Spain lost its control of the island. Since then, corporations and the US Congress have controlled the economy and politics of Puerto Rico. Different manifestations of this reality are evident in El Mundo. For example, advertisements for agricultural machinery such as tractors, automobiles, tires, and other symbols of "progress and modernity" made in the United States frequently occupied half or full pages of the newspaper. El Mundo also regularly reported on Prohibition, another mainland imposition on Puerto Rico, includign a March 10, 1919 police seizure of thousands of bottles of rum in Mayagüez.

Provided by: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Library System