The status of Puerto Rico as an unconsolidated US territory is
confirmed by the Foraker Act. Under the act civil government was established in
Puerto Rico, with the US appointing the governor and an 11-member executive
council made up of 6 department heads and 5 other Puerto Ricans. Additionally,
a tariff was placed on goods shipped between the US and Puerto Rico.
Road workers in Puerto Rico go out on strike, causing much disruption to
the island's commerce. Five hundred workers employed by the Ponce-Adjutas-Utado
demanded a pay increase to 5 cents (gold) per hour, up from 2 cents (gold).
Fighting in the streets of Panama poses concern for the US as free
transit between Colon and Panama appears threatened.
An economic crisis in Guatemala forces the government to stop the
importation of goods. A near collapse of nation's money markets leads to a
reported complete stagnation of business.
President Zelaya of Nicaragua painted a picture of peace and
relative prosperity during his address to the Nicaraguan Congress. Zelaya also
pointed out that he saw no sign of revolutionary movements or other
Working in Cuba, Army Surgeon Dr. Walter Reed conducts
experiments determining that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. Reed's
work confirms a theory first proposed by Dr. Carlos Finlay of Havana in 1881.
Fourteen hundred kilos of opium, worth nearly $20,000, is seized as it is
being brought into harbor at Havana, Cuba.
In Jamaica, celebrations take place to mark the establishment of a
direct line of steamers running between Jamaica and Bristol. Jamaican Governor
Sir Augustus Hemming presided over a banquet in Kingston to mark the occasion.
A constitutional convention is held in Havana, Cuba. The island
nation had been occupied by American forces since the expulsion of Spanish
forces by the US.
The first overseas telephone call is made between Key West,
Florida and Havana, Cuba.
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