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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 II

1934 - Cuba gains full independence as the U.S. protectorate ends.

Havana was a popular tourist spot from the late 1930s through the 1950s. Learn about Havana and other popular Cuban cities. Learn about Cuban culture, including traditions, foods, education and religion.

1948 - American GI Forum takes up the case of Felix Longoria and Populares leader Luis Muñoz Marín is elected governor of Puerto Rico.

Who was Felix Longoria and why is he important in Latino history?

Read about Luis Muñoz Marín and Puerto Rico in the 1940s and 1950s.

1961 - U.S. backs the invasion of the Bay of Pigs. The Cuban exodus begins

Where is the Bay of Pigs and what happened there? Where did the Cubans settle after they fled from Cuba? Who is Fidel Castro? When did he take office? What are his beliefs for the people of Cuba?

1965 - César Chávez leads a strike against grape growers in Delano, California in protest of Mexican-American rights.

César Chávez is one of the most important figures in Mexican-American civil rights. Read about his struggle to gain equal rights for Mexican-Americans working in the US.

1980 - 125,000 Marielitos leave Cuba for the United States.

How did these people get from Cuba to the US? Where did these Cubans settle? How did their settling impact the economy of the southeastern U.S.?

1989 - Bob Martínez is elected first Spanish-American governor of Florida.

Search the Internet to find other politicians of Hispanic descent throughout the U.S. From what states do you think you would find most of them?


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