Puerto Rico and Cuba share, in a myriad of ways, a common destiny. If one were to take only a superficial look at them, one would say that there are many differences, the foremost being that Cuba is a sovereign Socialist nation struggling to survive the effects of a three decade old embargo imposed by the U.S.; and Puerto Rico is an Estado Libre Asociado, a Commonwealth state of the U.S., struggling to deal with its dependence on the U.S. and the subsequent loss of control over its own destiny. This main contrast between the two Caribbean nations inevitably leads to many other comparisons and contrasts that point to what interests us most: the conditions of the people.
Valiela, Isabel and Valdez, Norberto
"Caribbean Contrasts: Gender, Race, and Class in Puerto Rico and Cuba,"
Contributions in Black Studies:
Vol. 12, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cibs/vol12/iss1/9