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FT-270555-20

Joaquin Villanueva
Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN 56082-1498)
Ambassadors of Empire: The Puerto Rico Planning Board and the Geography of American Capital, 1942-1960

Research for a history of the Puerto Rico Planning Board, focusing on how the program transformed the island’s landscape after World War II to attract American investment.

The project is a historical geography of Puerto Rico's postwar urban planning program. The project documents the extent to which the Puerto Rico Planning Board helped transform the island's physical landscape in order to attract American investment capital in the 1940s and 1950s. Similarly, the project tracks the PR Planning Board's international engagement across Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, a role that facilitated the entrance of American capital in those regions.

Project fields:
American Studies; Geography; U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 7/31/2021