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These photos Show Puerto Rico in 1973 …

Ian Smith
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John F. Vachon  was a prolific and  immensely talented American photographer. He worked as a filing clerk for the Farm Security Administration before Roy Stryker recruited him to join a small group of photographers, including Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins,Mary Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, Gordon Parks, Charlotte Brooks, Carl Mydans,Dorothea Lange and Ben Shahn, who were employed to publicize the conditions of the rural poor in America.

Puerto Rico is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands. The capital and largest city is San Juan. The territory does not observe daylight saving time, and its official languages are Spanish, which is predominant, and English. The island’s population is approximately 3.6 million.

Puerto Rico lies at the boundary between the Caribbean and North American plates and is being deformed by the tectonic stresses caused by their interaction. These stresses may cause earthquakes and tsunamis. These seismic events, along with landslides, represent some of the most dangerous geologic hazards in the island and in the northeastern Caribbean.

Check out the collection below:

 

A Farmer Clears His Land with a Machete.

A Farmer Clears His Land with a Machete. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

A Mountain Farmhouse 02.1973

A Mountain Farmhouse 02.1973 Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

A New Toll Road Is Being Built between San Juan and Ponce. This Section Is at Cayey.

A New Toll Road Is Being Built between San Juan and Ponce. This Section Is at Cayey. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Abandoned Car Off Highway in Rio Grande.

Abandoned Car Off Highway in Rio Grande. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Aguadilla

Aguadilla. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Atlantic-Beach

Atlantic-Beach. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Boat Launching From Luguillo Beach

Boat Launching From Luguillo Beach. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

Caribbean Coastline

Caribbean Coastline. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Caribbean Harbor Outside.

Caribbean Harbor Outside.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Father and Son Fishing on Isla De Cabras

Father and Son Fishing on Isla De Cabras.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Father and Sons Fill Their Containers at the Community Water-Pump. This Is a Mountain Farming Area.

Father and Sons Fill Their Containers at the Community Water-Pump. This Is a Mountain Farming Area.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Luguillo-Beach.

Luguillo-Beach.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Luguillo-Beach

Luguillo-Beach.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

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Modern-Buildings-Tower-over-the-Shanties-Crowded-Along-the-Martin-Pena-Canal.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

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Modern-Buildings-Tower-over-the-Shanties-Crowded-Along-the-Martin-Pena-Canal.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

Mountain-Farm.

Mountain-Farm.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

New-High-Rise-Apartments-on-Southern-Outskirt-of-the-City

New-High-Rise-Apartments-on-Southern-Outskirt-of-the-City.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Oil-Pipe line-on-the-Beach

Oil-Pipe line-on-the-Beach.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Oil-Refinery-in-the-Sunset

Oil-Refinery-in-the-Sunset. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Palo-Seco-Electric-Power-Plant-in-the-Background

Palo-Seco-Electric-Power-Plant-in-the-Background.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Sign-on-Bridge-near-Ppg-Plant-Protests-Air-Pollution.

Sign-on-Bridge-near-Ppg-Plant-Protests-Air-Pollution.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Sugar-Refinery.-Trucks-Bring-in-Freshly-Cut-Cane.

Sugar-Refinery.-Trucks-Bring-in-Freshly-Cut-Cane.Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive

 

Sugar-Refinery.

Sugar-Refinery. Taken in February 1973, by John Vachon, DOCUMERICA, U.S National Archive