When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Nonmembers & Guests: $32
CIR Members: $26
Spain helped the United States gain its independence and the help came in the form of actual fighting, supplies, money, and diplomacy. In addition, the overall Spanish strategy is what finally resulted in the defeat of Great Britain. Every leader knew that Spain was vital to the cause. Nevertheless, because United States history is a story of a country born out of English colonies, the role of Spain has not been genuinely recognized. Nor, for that matter, have the sacrifices of Spain’s colonies been acknowledged.
Dr. Chavez will speak to this history, which is based on the research done for his book, Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift.
Thomas E. Chávez is a historian with a Ph. D. from the University of New Mexico. In December of 2004, he retired as the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque. Before that he was director of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico for twenty-one years.