Take a tour of Hispanic American/Latino American History with the National Park Service

The National Park Service is a great resource for learning about Hispanic Heritage in the United States, through the stories and history of the thousands of properties and districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Here are just a few great examples of places you could visit, or just read about, to help paint a picture of the rich history of Hispanic heritage in our country (all information via nps.gov):

Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures
Set below the towering cliffs of the Sierra Ponce, Castolon is a small trading and farming community in far southwest Texas. By 1900, the area began to attract American and Mexican farmers and ranchers interested in establishing homesteads and raising families.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/17castolon/17castolon.htm

16th-Century Spanish Settlements at Charlesfort-Santa Elena
Both France and Spain raced to settle and control the southern coast of North America. On a small island off the coast of present-day South Carolina lie the ruins of Charlesfort, the French outpost for a year, which later became Santa Elena, a Spanish colonial town from 1566 to 1587. The site has been abandoned now for more than 400 years.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/155santaelena/155santaelena.htm

The Forts of Old San Juan: Guardians of the Caribbean
Massive masonry defenses, which were begun in the 16th century, today exist as the oldest European­style fortifications within the territory of the United States. Now one of the most beautiful spots in Puerto Rico, the battlements illustrate the remarkable work of Spanish military engineers and recall more than 400 years of history in the Americas.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/60sanjuan/60sanjuan.htm

Gran Quivira: A Blending of Cultures in a Pueblo Indian Village
Sparse desert flora partially hides the remains of ancient stone houses built by early American Indians who inhabited this area of central New Mexico. Farther along the trail an excavated mound reveals the broken foundations of a large apartment house and several ceremonial kivas typical of the southwest Pueblo Indian culture.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/66gran/66gran.htm

San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas
Mission San Antonio de Valero–the Alamo–was only one of a chain of missions strung along the San Antonio River. Established between 1718 and 1731, these missions were built not only to spread the faith of the conquistadors, but also to serve multiple foreign policy objectives for the Spanish government.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/2sanantonio/2sanantonio.htm

Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World
Walk down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City (now a section of Tampa, Florida) and feel yourself transported to a place in another time. On a quiet corner lies a small park dedicated to Cuban poet and revolutionary José Martí. The park is a reminder of Martí’s efforts to gain support for the cause of Cuban freedom in the 1890s.
MORE HERE: https://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/51ybor/51ybor.htm

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