On the veranda at the Hotel Jagueyes, Aguas Buenas. L. to R.: Fleet Admiral Leahy, Governor Pinero, the President, Secretary Krug, Mr. Munoz-Marin.
Summary: President Truman visited Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, and his vacation home in Key West, Florida, in early 1948. Because he was visiting foreign countries and acting as the representative of the United States, Truman did more work on this vacation than usual. He considered these visits “goodwill” missions, meant to cultivate friendship between the United States and the islands. Truman also felt strongly about the importance of sovereignty for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. While on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Truman helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves held on the Islands. While in Cuba, Truman only visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which belongs to the United States, so this was not considered a State visit, and he did not meet with any Cuban government officials.
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