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Graphs of Cuban and Puerto Rican Immigration to the United States

The charts below measure the number of immigrants entering the United States from Cuba and Puerto Rico during the early twentieth century. Cuban immigration spikes during the earliest years of the twentieth century, when the U.S. repeatedly intervened in Cuba, and falls during the teens and twenties, as the Cuban sugar boom and the decline of the Tampa cigar industry helped stem out-migration. The data on Puerto Rican migration shows the vast inflow that began during the 1940s and reached its peak during the 1950s.

Source | Laird W. Bergad, "Puerto Ricans in the United States, 1900-2008: Demographic, Economic, and Social Aspects" (New York: Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies, 2010); Lisandro PĂ©rez, "Cubans in the United States," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 487 (September 1986), 126-137.
Item Type | Quantitative Data
Cite This document | “Graphs of Cuban and Puerto Rican Immigration to the United States,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 27, 2023,

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