"He who turns a sinner from the error of his ways, shall save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins." (St. James 5:20)

Puerto Rico : A Political and Cultural History

4 CD set
Best of Tito Puente



1900s PR Music.....

Boricua Stuff  


"Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby."

Grammy Nominated

click ME!!



1900s PR Music.....






Puerto Rican Exodus to USA

by Don Jíbaro Barbagris
hen I was a kid in the 1950s there was no extraordinary reason to move to the Unites States. Puerto Ricans had been doing it for fifty years but somehow the post-war 50s was a time of some abundance, all over. Gasoline was 25¢ a gallon and you could have lunch for a couple of bucks. A salary of $20 a day could support a small family in PR.

You have adulterated the Land of Goshen for the last time!!!

We had big cars, like the '55 Cadillac, with 300 lb. bumpers. It took 2 guys to lift that in order to install it. In 1956, my dad bought a big five bedroom house in Bayamón for just $3,000 !!!. There were some Boricua migrant travelers that came and told us about "Los Niuyores", but they weren't wearing the fancy clothes of the Hamptons, so we assumed we were OK in the Barrio. Our military served in the later decades to no avail. No affluence or loots ever came from it.

Today Puerto Rico suffers the same old economic malady... businesses are staggering, blame it on Wall Street, The Politicians are crooks, the customers are not there... yada, yada..What happened?  FLORIDA... that's what's happened!! After years of ubiquitous inflation and nothingness, families packed up and joined the fulanos in Miami

Ever heard "Miami of Bust!"?

Fulanos are thousands of middle-class professionals who have fled Puerto Rico in the past two years, becoming what some people are calling "Flori-Ricans." They can't stand the impasse. Just like the  Jews in Pharaoh's time... They needed an Exodus!!! Let My People Go!!!!

The title "Exodus" derives from the Greek ξοδος, Exodos, meaning "departure, out-going," the name given to the book in the Septuagint, a Greek translation of Jewish scriptures made between the 3rd to 1st centuries BC. In Hebrew it is called Shemot (שְׁמוֹת) from the opening phrase Ve-eleh shemot, ואלה שמות, "These are the names", a practice in line with the other four books of the Torah. So there.

It all may have started with the civilian who was shot point-blank by the police in front of onlookers and TV reporters with video cams. SEE SHOCKING VIDEO. After that, the police were not respectable friends. They started the 21st Century Exodus. The rapport with the citizens was tainted. They must "protect and serve" elsewhere. Florida.

All we want is jobs to feed our families.. Arf!

The fulanos are behooved into thinking that they should stay and work for this country. Well, they claim to be tired of the sacrifice of their families due to unfulfilled promises. The same old sandwich with a different bread. The departure of the Vieques Navy left 1500 jobless... and if I'm not mistaken, Ramey in Aguadilla left also a trail of dusty joblessness

The ever-present corruption in the government has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the constituency. "NO... not again" ...says Rufo, a local from Puerta de Tierra, as the Newspaper headlines ANOTHER indictment against the governor... two, three, four.. five. It's too much, too soon. ¡Ay, Caramba!

HARD FACT: Too many corrupt officials are being caught with their coats off and their pants down... How can such naked legislation  influence the economy?

Many would-be-emigrants are called traitors when people ask, 'Why don't you stay here and work for advancement?' WELL...Armando says: "How long are they supposed to? They want to help push Puerto Rico forward, but what about their kids?"

It seems that the jobs are not hanging from a coat rack just waiting to be picked up. These guys are fed up by an island wracked by inflation, unemployment and the ubiquitous of crime grown out of control... ah, and the crooks in government who are filling their own pockets in Switzerland.

Puerto Rico, after the first recession, let masses of people move to Florida as first-time voters in a presidential election year, banking that the Sunshine State would provide new opportunities. This time, the Puerto Ricans leaving the island are highly educated professionals whose departure both provides a safety valve to growing unemployment and threatens the island's skilled work force. As they leave, looking backwards... they see nothing but smoke fading into the blue Puerto Rican skies

The breadlines of the 30s and 40s
brought disillusion for the unconvinced.

Studies show at least 200,000 of Puerto Rico's 4 million people moved to Florida from 2000 to 2006. About half of Florida's nearly 700,000 Puerto Ricans live in Central Florida, particularly the Orlando area. That's close to one million!

But census figures do not reflect the wave that began two years ago, when a budget crisis forced the Puerto Rican government to shut down for several weeks. More than 70,000 people were temporarily furloughed, so it was not long before nurses, doctors and police officers joined the teachers and out-of-work public servants who headed for Florida.

Then gas prices climbed, and people saw their electric bills reach as high as $1,000 a month. Yikes! Government statistics show food prices have increased 12 percent this year, and housing 15 percent.

Products in US markets sell cheaper because there are more people buying them. Merchants can afford a lower price due to volume selling.

Professionals in Puerto Rico make around $25,000 a year, give or tale a thousand or two. Day care centers and private schools cost $600 or $700 a month. Typical car payment - for a Suzuki - was $500 a month. Many are falling behind in mortgage and other loans. Stay behind and complain? You have to find opportunities.

How many Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida in the past two years, it's hard to tell. But government estimates show some 65,000 are leaving the island each year. The island's government has largely ignored the problem, because it offers a safety valve for an economy that experts say shrank by 2 percent last year....2%? I don't think so!

People can only leave so fast...

Experts say the exodus could be temporary, particularly as people realize Florida is suffering job losses, too. (Mmm, would it better to be unemployed there than in PR, huh?) Emigration is part of the Puerto Rican mentality, and so is returning home after several years abroad. Puerto Ricans know how to read, and once in Florida, it just a matter of reading the Road Maps. Pa' Mississippi me voy!


Stay informed... 
Subscribe to Don Jíbaro's NO SPAM Newsletter


Browse Archives

"There's no greater love than to lay down
 your life for your friends" (John 15:13)




"No son todos los que
están, ni están todos los
que son." —Tio Genaro



Puerto Rican Items
International Music
Electronics Home Page
Computer Bargains
Family Video Games
Kitchen & Appliances

Featured Book

"Choose Me"
A Boricua with kinky hair in USA tells her story...

See LOW price AMAZING photo memoir of our People to tug one's soul.

Cocina Criolla
by Carmen Aboy Valldejulli
This the standard on PR cooking. You must have this one.

"Jibaro Hasta El Hueso CD"

New Palmieri !!!



DVD - "Sights & Sounds of Puerto Rico"

click ME!!

A Taste of
 Puerto Rico


  Tito, Eddie Finally



JIBAROS.COM © Copyright 2005 - This website all its contents and artwork is Copyright © by Orlando Vázquez, owner -  Jibaros.Com®, Jibaros.Net® All rights reserved by the respective sources. Jibaros.Com does not accept any responsibility for the privacy policy of content or services provided by third party sites. U.S. Copyright Office, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20559-6000