My most sincere thanks go to my friend and mentor Prof. Antonio Nieves who taught me that history is a living entity that has to be nurtured and loved like a child. To Ms. Bacó ( Doña Hilda) for her support in "those" difficult times. To Prof. John Griffiths for his friendship, encouragement, and for making June 3rd a real possibility.Thanks to you my future is clear. To colleagues, friends, and all the libraries and institutions that helped make this possible, particularly El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños and their staff. But most of all to Prof. Gerardo Renique for giving up his time, patience, and lending a hand when I most needed it. Thanks to you I now see history in a whole new light. Thanks.