It has been argued that America's first brush with Latino culture came with "Ricky Ricardo"; others say Carmen Miranda, Xavier Cugat, Charo or "Chico and the Man". The dilettantes at OldMagazineArticles.com are not qualified to answer such historic questions, but we do know that for a bunch of unfortunate Nazis and their far-flung Japanese allies, their first brush with "la vida loco Latino" came in the form of Private Anibal Irizarry, Colonel Pedro del Valle and Lieutenant Manuel Vicente: three stout Puerto Ricans who distinguished themselves in combat and lived to tell about it.
In 1917 the U.S. Congress granted American citizenship rights to the citizens of Puerto Rico - but they didn't move to New York until the Fifties. Click here to read about that...
In the early Fifties, many, many Puerto Ricans migrated to New York City. Click here to learn about it.
Click here to read an article about Latinas in the WAACs.