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10 Milestones in the Immigration of Latin Americans

How the US Hispanic population grew so large

Puerto Rican women arriving in United States 1953

A group of Puerto Rican women arrive at the airport in Newark, N.J., in 1953. — AP

1945-1960

With the end of World War II, Puerto Ricans, who have had U.S. citizenship since 1917, begin coming to the United States in record numbers to work in the nation's booming manufacturing sector.

More than a million Puerto Ricans come to the United States in this 15-year period, mainly settling in New York.

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