On a day like today, 115 years ago, U.S. troops landed on the shores of Puerto Rico, sending the island into a political quandary from which it has yet to fully emerge. Despite four inconclusive plebiscites since 1967 -- and a fifth in the works -- Puerto Ricans have yet to come to a consensus on whether the island should become more independent or join the union as the 51st state. In the absence of a consensus, the status quo rules the day. (The commonwealth was also founded on July 25, in 1952.)
The invasion of Puerto Rico isn’t the only historical event that exposes lingering tensions between Latinos and Anglos. Tensions between the U.S. government and Latin America over the course of the last few centuries continue to play out in the United States among people of different backgrounds.
Check out 7 historical events that expose tensions between Latinos and Anglos in the slideshow above, and 5 reasons why Puerto Rico isn't likely to become the 51st state in the slideshow below.