Ceded to the USA under the terms of the Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War of 1898, Puerto Rico has since remained a colonial territory. Despite this subordinated colonial experience, then again, Puerto Ricans managed to safe national Olympic representation in the 1930s and in so doing nurtured powerful ideas of nationalism.
By examining how the Olympic movement developed in Puerto Rico, Antonio Sotomayor illuminates the profound role sports play in the political and cultural processes of an identity that evolved within a political tradition of autonomy moderately than traditional political independence. Significantly, it used to be precisely in the Olympic arena that Puerto Ricans found how one can participate and show their national pride, continuously by the usage of familiar colonial strictures—and the USA’ claim to democratic values—to their advantage. Drawing on extensive archival research, both on the island and in the USA, Sotomayor uncovers a story of a people struggling to escape the colonial periphery through sport and nationhood yet balancing the advantages and restraints of that same colonial status.
The Sovereign Colony describes the surprising negotiations that gave rise to Olympic sovereignty in a colonial nation, a unique case in Latin The usa, and uses Olympic sports as a window to view the broader issues of nation building and identity, hegemony, postcolonialism, international diplomacy, and Latin American–U.S. relations.