BRIC Language Systems would like to wish you all a very happy National Hispanic Heritage month which kicked off on September 15th and runs through October 15th. The month long celebration was inaugurated by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 after it was celebrated for a little over twenty years as a week long celebration by President Lyndon Johnson. This month has served as a recognition point for many accomplished and famous Hispanic Americans across a wide spectrum of fields such as business, entertainment, and sports.
The very first continuous European settlement in America was founded by the Spanish in 1565 in Saint Augustine, Florida (the author of this blogs former home town) a solid three decades before the Jamestown, Virginia settlement. The Spanish have had a long and storied history in the western expansion of the United States through Texas and California.
The NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball have all honored their Hispanic players and legendary figures this month and at other points in their respective seasons with special programs and uniforms. The US Government has also set up numerous event denoting the achievements and contributions of Hispanic war heroes, politicians, and other historical figures.
So why start an entire month long celebration in the middle of one month to end in the middle of the next month? The answer is simple as historian David Weber explains, “September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.”
Enjoy the great history of the Hispanic culture this month!