Author: Leonard Rodriguez

Marshall Bernardo de Galvez

While serving as governor for Spansish Louisiana during the Revolutionary War, Marshall Bernardo de Galvez led his troops to numerous victories against the British, greatly relieving pressure on Gen. George Washington’s troops. His victories helped open supply lines for money and military goods from Spain, France, Cuba and Mexico and helped the cause of the American Revolution. In honor, Texas named the city of Galveston after him and statues of him have been erected in his hometown of New Orleans and Washington, DC. To increase awareness of this American Hero, Congress is considering dedicating July 23 as Bernardo de...

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Miriam Colon

A Pioneer of the Hispanic theater movement in New York City, Miriam Colon became the first Puerto Rican admitted to Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg Actors’ Studio. Besides her performances on Broadway, film and television, Colon worked towards increasing the recognition and oppurtunities for Hispanics in the performing arts and co-founded New York’s first Spanish- language theater as well as the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. Setting the stage for one of her most important contributions to the Latino community, her Traveling Theater performs in the parks, playgrounds and streets of New York’s most deprived Hispanic...

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Porfirio Salinas

Despite only three years of Elementary education, Porfirio Salinas showed considerable artistic ability at an early age. A self-taught artist, Salinas increased his skills when working with well-known landscape artist Robert Woods. Developing a name for himself with Southwestern vistas, landscapes, and bluebonnet scenes of Texas, Salinas became one of the state’s most popular artists. During the 60’s, his work gained national exposure when he became known as President Lyndon B. Johnson favorite painter. During Johnson’s term, Salinas was commissioned by Lady Bird Johnson to paint some of the president’s favorite sites along the Pedernales River in Texas. Before...

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Ana Castillo

Celebrated novelist, poet and essayist, Ana Castillo has long been considered one of the Pioneers to materialize from the chicana experience. Her “Mixquiahua Letters” earned the Before Columbia Foundation’s America book award and her work “So far from God” won her the Mountains and Plains Bookseller Ward and the CarlSandahlburg Literary Award in fiction. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for creative writing, she wrote “Otro Canto,” “Women are not Roses” and “My Father was a Toltec.” Hailed as “one of our finest she got a novelist,” by celebrated Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya,...

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Juan de Mirrales and Jorge Ferragut

In a letter dated October 4th 1778, George Washington wrote: “If the Spaniards would but join their fleets to those of France, and commence hostilities, my doubts would all subside. Among the many Hispanos who answered Washington’s call to fight the British were Juan de Mirrales and Jorge Ferragut. Juan de Mirrales, the first Diplomat to the colonies, not only financed, supplied and repaired several US ships from South Carolina, but also fought the British in New York. Ferragut, father of civil war hero Admiral David Glasgow Ferragut, fought courageously in the Continental Army and Navy. He fought the...

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