The rich Spanish legacy in the United States

Six historians address Thursday from the Hispanic imprint in North America in a series of lectures

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 The flag with the cross of Burgundy flies over Fort Matanzas near St. Augustine, Florida

Since Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida in 1513, the Spaniards left over more than three centuries a deep imprint on the territory that eventually would subsequently become the United States of America. The National Commission for the Commemorations of New Spain (CNCNE), created last year under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, organized from Thursday a lecture on the Spanish legacy in the United States.

According to the Commission, “the presence of the Spanish in the United States (sometimes forgotten, misunderstood or unknown) is crucial both in the projection of Spain in the New World as in the setting of much of the territory that will be integrated into the new independent country, where today the large Hispanic community has an increasingly important role in the social, cultural, economic and political “level.

Experts and Consuelo Varela, Juan Gil, Salvador Bernabeu Albert, Loles Gonzalez-Ripoll, Miguel Angel Puig-Samper and Consuelo Naranjo Orovio will review until 10 April respectively, Hispanic conquest of the sixteenth century, classical myths in America that century, the Hispanic California, the role of St. Augustine Florida (the first permanently inhabited city in the United States), the scientific committee of the Pacific in California and cultural relations between Spain and the United States in the period 1900-1940.

In this lecture, the CNCNE aims “to highlight some aspects of the Spanish presence in the United States, exceeding the time limits of New Spain, to project into the future that legacy, so that it serves to cement closer relationships intense and more consistent with our reality, values ​​and strengths. ”
The lecture program

Thursday, March 6th, 19:00 h. Hispanic conquest of the sixteenth century: the role of interpreters, languages ​​and guides.

Consuelo Varela, Professor of Research. School-CSIC Hispanic American Studies.

The major expeditions of conquest and colonization headed south of the present United States will be addressed. Interpreters who helped the Spanish captains to make their plans of conquest: To know and appreciate its scope to some little-known characters are used.

Wednesday, March 12, 19:00 h. The classic myths in the XVI century America.

Juan Gil, Professor of Latin Philology. Royal Academy of Language

This conference intends to explore the myths of classical antiquity not only as a traditional leader in the imagination of the West, but also as one of the engines of European expansion in the era of the great geographical discoveries. The Fountain of Youth or the Seven Cities of Cibola are some of the myths surrounding the exploration of North America by the Spanish.

It addresses the occupation of the Baja California missions by the Order of San Francisco, which began a new era of expansion northward. Fray Junipero Serra, in coordination with the visitor Galvez and a creditable group of pilots extended the chain of missions from San Diego to San Francisco Bay.

Thursday, March 27, 19:00 h. St. Augustine Florida, the city symbol of the eighteenth century imperial rivalry

The northernmost of the Spanish dominions in America, San Agustín, town was founded in 1565 and reflects a long history of imperial policies and territorial exchange. He remained in British hands twenty years (1764-1784) and returned to Spain in 1819 to definitively lost.

The call Pacific Scientific Commission was the last of the great expeditions sent to America by our rulers. The August 10, 1862 Ships sailed from Cadiz to America leading the members of the Scientific Committee of the Pacific, Heroes of the new science, yet awed by the splendor of American nature, were considered bearers of culture and Old World civilization could still contribute to the New.

Thursday, April 10, 19:00 h. In line with the Culture: Spain and the United States, 1900-1940

In the early twentieth century, the confluence of cultural and educational projects in Spain and the United States led to the beginning of a cultural and scientific relations for new groups. Beyond the political project and governments that sponsored these relationships were some personalities of culture, science and art that encouraged the exchange between the two countries. His action led to the creation of an intellectual network in which intellectuals were involved and institutions from both sides.


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