Roots of the Hispanic heritage
in America stretch from
the Caribbean to California
and back more than 500 years
Mexico, Central America, South America
California, New York, Florida
Cuba, Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico
United States began celebrating in 1988
September 15th - October 15th
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin Americancountries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico,Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively."
Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic Americans in North America. A map of late 18th century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, decades before Jamestown, Virginia.
Spanish explorers traveled further north along the Pacific Coast to Canada in 1774 and by the late 18th century had established a military post on Vancouver Island, 350 miles north of Seattle. The Spanish sailed up the Atlantic Coast through the Chesapeake Bay in 1526, then called the Bahía de Santa María, about 80 years before the romanticized English encounter with Pocahontas. In the 1520s Spanish navigators also explored as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the present site of Bangor, Maine. The Spanish settled the future southwestern United States in the 16th century and officially founded Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1610.
As part of the Treaty of Paris (1763) peace settlement of the French and Indian War, the territories west of the Mississippi River, including Louisiana and New Orleans, were ceded to the Spanish. Nearly all of the surviving 18th century architecture of the Vieux Carré French Quarter in the latter city dates from this Spanish period
Our culture is rich with
music, food, style, and family traditions
I choose a picture of my little cousin Lucero
when she was 3 years old
taken in Mexico
I love the pure innocence of her look
the crisp clean white dress
delicately laced and ruffled
PATTERNED PAPER - DCWV - MEDITERRANEAN CAFE
PAPER TRAY INK - METAL DIE
IVORY MULBERRY FLOWERS
BLING - LIGHT SEAFOAM BLUE
LETTER STICKERS - STUDIO112
STICKLES - SILVER
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