Photo: Salute to Soldiers this 4th
As we begin our Fourth of July celebration’s commemorating the Declaration of Independence HS-News salutes the Hispanic heroes of the American Revolution that earned the U.S. its independence.
Spain had a presence throughout what is now known as the United States of America through its colonies. Many of those Hispanic’s sided with the colonists, even before Spain formally intervened in the war, during the time of the American Revolution (1775-1783). Many Hispanics were eager to support the colonists in their struggle against England in whatever way possible. There were numerous military figures from Spain and the Spanish colonies that fought on behalf of the American colonists, notably Captain Jorge Farragut. Captain Farragut, who came from Spain, fought on the front lines with the American colonists and later his son David Farragut was a hero of the Civil War.
Others played critical roles supporting the troops: Bernardo de Gálvez, Governor of the territory of Louisiana provided weapons and rations to the colonies army and organized a militia of American Indians and African-Americans to fight the British. There was Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan, who obtained supplies from the French to assist the colonists to capture Yorktown, Virginia. We salute Farragut, Galvez and Miranda as well as many others. Hispanic contributions to the fight for independence is not limited to times past, 13% of enlisted personnel are Hispanic and there are 42 Hispanic Medals of Honor recipients who have passed. WE SALUTE YOU.