National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Begun in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, the observation was expanded to National Hispanic Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico's Independence Day closely follows on September 16, and Chile's falls on September 18. Also included in this month-long observation is Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, on October 12.
Explore a few examples of Florida’s Hispanic history and culture.
This unit provides insight into the experiences of Cuban refugees in Florida using photographs, government documents, letters, videos and interviews.
In the decades after the Civil War, cigar making became one of the most important industries in the southeastern United States.
Florida, the closest state to the Caribbean and home to a large Cuban immigrant population, became the setting for much of the action in Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.
In Venezuela, the celebratory joropo, with its regional variations, is perhaps the most prominent type of traditional music from los llanos, or the plains.
This blog post celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The evidence of 500 years of Spanish heritage is clear in Florida's past and present architecture.
The Mexican American Music Survey was undertaken by the Florida Folklife Program to document the musical traditions of Florida’s various Mexican-American communities: Apopka, South Dade County, Immokalee, the St. Johns River Basin and Central Florida.
This podcast features Conjunto Aventura, a Norteño ensemble from South Florida.
This podcast features Miami-Dade recordings from the Dade Folk Arts Survey, which was conducted in 1985-1986. While Latin American, Haitian and Jewish cultures were most prominently represented, the survey also covered a wide range of other traditions.
Enduring cultural and historical ties connect Florida with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The influence of Latin musical styles on the music of Florida and the broader United States is one of the most significant indications of this cultural exchange.
This guide explores Cuban heritage in Florida and its influence on our state’s political, historical and cultural landscape. Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library.
This bibliography lists some of the published works held by the State Library of Florida regarding the events beginning with Spanish attempts to explore Florida. Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library.
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