September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Begins
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. The dates are significant because September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Our teaching collection includes music, iBooks, video clips, photos, illustrations, and PDFs.
Hispanic Heritage Month / Mes de la Herencia Hispana
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The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument iBook provides a comprehensive history of the fort from 1668 until its transfer to the United States in 1821. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 158 pages + 106 glossary terms, 98 MB download
The Gran Quivira: A Blending of Cultures in a Pueblo Indian Village iBook is the story of the Native American Puebloan People and the Spanish attempt to bring roughly 10,000 American Indians into Spanish society. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 76 pages + 76 glossary terms, 52 MB download
The Californio to American: A Study in Cultural Change iBook examines cultural change in Southern California from the Spanish colonial days through the Mexican territorial era to the modern American period through the study of a single ranch. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 132 pages + 50 glossary terms, 77 MB download
The San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas iBook explores the Spanish attempt to protect their Texas claim by bringing the Christian faith and Hispanic culture to the American Indians there. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 126 pages + 98 glossary terms, 97 MB download
The Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures iBook provides an example of the mixing of American and Mexican farmers and ranchers along the US-Mexican border during the twentieth century. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 81 pages + 60 glossary terms, 66 MB download
Venezuelan harp player Jesús Rodríguez immigrated to the United States in 1973 after visiting Washington, DC, with the Venezuelan embassy to play harp. He has enriched Florida culture by sharing his unique traditions through performances and apprenticeships. Four selections from the Florida Memory Program.