My Ancestral Treasures
I’m a first generation American. This I’ve known since I was little. My Father is from Puerto Rico (a territory of USA and is considered a citizen). My Mother is from Mexico. I was born in California. For the longest time I never ran into a Puerto Rican/Mexican mix until I was grown and now it is not so uncommon. I started my research after my first grandson was born. He is of African American/Indian and my ethnic background. I wanted him and all my grandkids to know our story. Well here is what I found out through internet/genealogical societies. My great grandfather came from Soller Mallorca in the mid 1800′s the Island provided the most oranges for Europe but around the time their was a bug/infestation/fungal attack on the oranges. The Island made it’s living from oranges, olives and some tourism and wine. Spain was continuing their offer of giving Spain born citizen land in Puerto Rico to have a home advange of faithfulness to their homeland. My great grandfather was one of the famous Mallorcan to Puerto Rico immigrants. Yes, I know at the time Puerto Ricans were Spanish citizens but they were considered 2nd class citizens. Plus their was already a groupo of Puerto Rican born citizens revolting and wanted their independence from Spain as Venezuela and other Spanish coutries had gained.I found out through my Mallorcan roots I have Sephardic Jewish ancestry ( the Chuetas/Xuetas) that were constantly mistreated for centuries. Moorish throught the Bauza name or Bauca name. Through the mixture of other family trees from Puerto Rico I have Basque, French and Italian roots. I also found out that my other trees my great great grandfather owned one of the largest land in El Pepino/SanSabastian and his sons Leopoldo, Enrique and Clomiro were involved in the famous El Grito de Lares a crucial short revolt that changed the history of Puerto Rico which was unavoidable. I can go on and on but I would have to write a book. Thank you for allowing me to share some things.