9 Latinos Whose Families Arrived Before July 4, 1776
07/04/2013 - 10:30 | 0 Comments|
Listening to the immigration debate, you could easily get the idea that all Latinos are newcomers to this country. Nothing could be further from the truth. Latinos have had a presence in this land for 500 years, and the proof is not just in Spanish place names like Nevada and Colorado or in the fact that the oldest city in America (St. Augustine, Florida) was founded by the Spanish, but in the stories of Latino families nationwide.
So today, we’re honoring Latino families who have been here since before there was an America. Before you go out to your Fourth of July picnic or parrillada, check out these Latino families that have stood the test of time and hear from them why it’s important to tell their stories. Happy Independence Day!
Name Luis CdeBaca
Family’s Roots Spain and Mexico, settled in New Mexico and the Southwest
Arrival Year 1527
Notable Ancestor Take your pick: Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Baca, who explored Florida and the Southwest, was the first European to see a buffalo and wrote detailed descriptions of Native American tribes; Ezequiel Cabeza de Baca, New Mexico’s first Hispanic elected governor; CdeBaca himself, who is the United States Ambassador in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Quote “My family ended up living in Iowa, and since we were one of the few Latino familes for what seemed like a thousand miles, hearing those stories was good. As a kid, we would have these little plays where me and the Anglo kids would dress up as Spaniards. It was my and my siblings’ way of helping people understand where we came from and our place in American history.”
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