The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 53, Issue 1

Article 5
Antonia Sáez Torres and Colonial Education in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico

Gladys M. Jiménez-Muñoz


Antonia Sáez Torres (10 May 1889–20 July 1964) was born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her memoirs, Caminos del recuerdo, were published in 1967. However, there has not been much published analysis of them. This article examines the conditions and changes in the educational system of Puerto Rico during the early twentieth century under the US occupation and provides a glimpse into the efforts of predominantly Afro-descended artisans, professionals, and day-laborers in Puerto Rico striving towards social and cultural uplift.