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Shedding new light on Hispanic Heritage with Carrie Gibson

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Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

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Carrie Gibson presents her latest historical essay “ El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic”.

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Shedding new light on Hispanic Heritage attempts to delve into some aspects of the Hispanic influence spanning from the time of exploration through the 20th century, and explore future collaborations in the field of heritage protection. In order to promote awareness on America’s rich Hispanic history and culture, Carrie Gibson presents her latest work at the Smithsonian American History Museum.

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

Because of our shared English language, as well as the celebrated origin tales of the Mayflower and the rebellion of the British colonies, the United States has prized its Anglo heritage above all others. However, the nation has much older Spanish roots – ones that have long been unacknowledged or marginalized. The Hispanic past of the United States predates the arrival of the Pilgrims by a century, and has been every bit as important in shaping the nation as it exists today. El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early sixteenth century to the present – from Ponce de Léon’s initial landing in Florida in 1513 to Spanish control of the vast Louisiana territory in 1762 to the Mexican-American War in 1846 and up to the more recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico. Interwoven in this stirring narrative of events and people are cultural issues that have been there from the start but which are unresolved to this day: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. Seeing them play out over centuries provides vital perspective at a time when it is urgently needed.

About Carrie Gibson

Carrie Gibson is a US-born, UK-based historian and journalist. She received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and her thesis focused on the Hispanic Caribbean in the era of the Haitian Revolution. She is the author of the 2014 book Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day. Her second book, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America, was published in 2019. She has spent years travelling and researching in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. Before embarking on a career as a historian, Carrie was a journalist for the Guardian and Observer, and continues to contribute to media outlets, including the BBC. She lives in London.

The evening will conclude with a reception party offered by the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy.

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