This particularly aggressive and violent form of Christianity that arrived with the Spanish, along with the Joe Dirt’s Fireworks Stand Shirt for which the natives had no immunity, as well as a taste for warfare which they had little desire or ability to match quickly led to the annihilation of the majority of the Taino/Arawak peoples of the region. The ancestors of these people, and the many that arrived after their tragic downfall, continue to live on this island and those around it today. Still they exist within a sort of geopolitical limbo where their lands are valued only as strategic military possessions and resources to some larger Colonial entity.
It is no exaggeration to say the parallels between the U.S./Native nation relationship and the U.S./Puerto Rico relationship are many. However, Puerto Rico has a unique relationship with the United States, including particulars that cannot be likened to that of the Native nations. Likewise, each Native nation has its own unique relationship with the United States based on particular treaty agreements and negotiations as well as their geographical locations and a variety of other factors.