There are still some people in Puerto Rico who want independence, but they are few in number.
When Puerto Rican voters were asked in 1993 to choose among independence, statehood, or continued commonwealth status, only 4 percent chose independence. However, the independentistas have often been highly visible.
In 1983, a terrorist nationalist group called Los Macheteros made headlines when it robbed $1.7 million from an armored car company in West Hartford, Connecticut.
The name of the terrorist group Los Macheteros means “bearers of machetes,” traditional swords used by Caribbean farmers to cut sugarcane.