De Lima v. Bidwell

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DE LIMA V. BIDWELL, 182 U.S. 1 (1901), the first of the famous Insular Cases following the Spanish-American War. The protectionists' (those who advocate governmental economic protection of domestic products) claim that Puerto Rico was a foreign country, and so subject to the Dingley Tariff, was rejected by the Supreme Court. However, Congress was permitted on other grounds the power to regulate the tariff relations of dependent states.


Cabranes, Jose A. Citizenship and the American Empire: Notes on the Legislative History Of the United States Citizenship of Puerto Ricans. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979.

Kerr, James Edward. The Insular Cases: The Role of the Judiciary in American Expansionism. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1982.

Harvey Wish / a. r.

See also Tariff ; Trade, Foreign .

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