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Hispanic Heritage Month

About this Daily Classroom Specials: Hispanic Heritage Month was written by Lottie Simms, teacher at Miami Lakes Middle School and former Teachers Network web mentor.

Milestones in History I

Below is a select timeline of Hispanic influenced events in U.S. history. Each date has at least one link where students can visit and learn more about Hispanic history and culture. Researching topics, either on-line or from written text, is a language arts standard supported by the National Teachers of English.

1846-1848 Mexican-American War

Read about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which helped put an end to the Mexican-American War. Read how it is still in effect today.

1897 Spain concedes rule of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, our beautiful neighbor to the south and now a U.S. commonwealth, is an island paradise. Look at some serene pictures of the island while you read about its strong Hispanic history.

1900 Congress passes the Foraker Act

There are many laws and policies governing Hispanics in the United States. The University of Dayton School of Law has them nicely outlined for you. Learn what the Foraker Act has to do with Puerto Rico. Also learn how other policies have affected Hispanic Americans today.

1901 Platt Amendment is passed by Congress

Cuba is the largest island in the West Indies. It lies just south of Florida and east of the Yucatan Pennisula of Mexico. The Spanish government had oppressed the people of Cuba for many years. This led to the long Cuban revolution. When the United States tried to intervene in 1898 on behalf of the Cuban revolutionists, the U.S. Battleship Maine was sunk by the Spanish in Havana Harbor which sparked the Spanish-American War. [It should be noted that recent books dispute the Maine's sinking as a result of battle and attribute its loss to mechanical and human failure.] Read why the Platt Amendment was passed. Who was Jose Marti and what was his role in the Cuban revolution? Also learn about the climate, plant and animal life, and abundance of natural resources on the large island of Cuba.

1910-1920 Mexican Revolution

Francisco Madero led the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Who was he? Who was Victoriano Huerta? Why did Pancho Villa attack the United States? See photos of these men and read about their role in the Mexican Revolution. If you want to brush up on your Español, parts of it can be read in Spanish.


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