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Hispanic History Timeline


May 26. Sonia Sotomayor becomes the first Hispanic American woman to be nominated to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.


President George Bush appoints the first woman and first Hispanic surgeon general of the United States: Antonia C. Novello.


The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee in California, begun as an independent organization, is led by César Chávez.


The United States invades Mexico. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ends the Mexican War, cedes half the land area of Mexico, including Texas, California, most of Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, to the United States.


With the insurrection of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, the Spaniards withdraw their troops from the frontier presidios.


September 17. The presidio of San Francisco is founded, becoming Spain's northernmost frontier outpost.


The first royal mercedes (land grants) are granted to Spaniards in the fertile valleys of Monclova, in northern Mexico, just south of the present border.


Juan Ponce de León lands on the shores of Florida, exploring most of the coastal regions and some of the interior.

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Celebrate Viva Florida 500

Celebrate Florida! 500 Years of Hispanic Heritage »

The Orange County Library System created this webliography in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the State of Florida! Find books and resources from the library's collection that reflect Hispanic Heritage in the State of Florida.

España-Florida Foundation
500 Years »

An official partner with Viva Florida 500, this foundation was created by prominent Hispanic leaders to provide comprehensive information regarding Spain's contributions to the success of Florida and the United States.

The Florida Humanities Council Celebrates Florida's 500th
Anniversary »

Visit this non-profit affiliate of the of the National Endowment for the Humanities to listen to podcasts, access downloadable classroom materials, and register to attend programs.

Florida Memory »

This archive is from the Florida Division of Library and Information Services and is a wonderful resource for historical photos, videos, audio recordings and more. Be sure to look for their Viva Florida 500 materials.

St Augustine, Florida »

The City of St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city and was founded by the Spanish in 1565.

Visit Florida »

Florida's tourism industry's official marketing website offers animated Heritage Trails and brief videos, schedule of events, biographies of historic Florida notables, and postings by Hispanic blogger, Patricia Peña, who shares her thoughts on places she visits around the state.

Viva Florida 500 »

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide celebration to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. This website is maintained by the Florida Department of State.


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Community Resources

The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Greater Orlando, Inc. »

A business resource for Hispanic entrepreneurs in the greater Orlando area. This organization offers free seminars and information on funding for local Hispanic businesses.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando »

HCCMO provides a wide variety of programs and support for Hispanic businesses in Central Florida. Their website features a member directory, calendar of events, online magazine archive (requires Adobe Flash Player) and more.

Hispanic Office for Local
Assistance »

Brought to you by the City of Orlando, HOLA’s mission is to provide information and resources to Hispanic families new to the community. The department partners with over 150 local organizations to provide these services.

Latino Leadership, Inc. »

A nonprofit organization in the Orlando area, Latino Leadership seeks to highlight issues affecting the local Hispanic community. This website includes information about their enrichment services, Parent Resource Center, and volunteer services, to name but a few.

Orlando Hispanic Lions Club »

This local Hispanic chapter is a charter member of Lions Club International, an organization known for their services to the blind and visually impaired since 1917. The homepage of this website contains information about recent activities and a calendar of events.

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Library Online Resources

Genealogy Databases »

Research family members online. Find your ancestors using our genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition (only available in the Library) and HeritageQuest Online.

Informe »

A collection of Hispanic literature on technology, culture, and other topics. Locate articles and browse multimedia resources in the Spanish language.

Mango Languages »

Learn Spanish! Mango Languages offers conversational learning at your own pace in a fun way combining audio clips and written text.

Soy Culto »

Consisting of a variety of resources, Soy Culto is intended to reach out to the Hispanic Community by providing additional Hispanic books, media, and services at OCLS locations. The cultural information provided ranges from classes to language learning to self-improvement and more.

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Library Materials

Hispanic American History Books »

Explore the rich and diverse history of Hispanic Americans. Read these books to learn more.

Hispanic Movies »

Celebrate Hispanic culture! Enjoy these movies with Hispanic themes.

Libros Nuevos y Música y Mas! »

Enjoy the latest selections of books and music in Spanish. All of these items have recently been added to our collection.

Spanish Music »

Listen to the latest Spanish music. Check out these CDs available from the Library.

Works by Hispanic Authors

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Gale - Free Resources - Hispanic Heritage »

Test your knowledge of Hispanic culture! Read biographies of significant Hispanics and discover Hispanic holidays and musical genres.

Hispanic Heritage Month - »

Learn about notable Hispanic Americans. Take quizzes, get statistics, and explore other features of this educational website.

Hispanic Heritage Month on »

This website includes biographical information on Hispanic artists, political figures, explorers and more.  This is a great resource for finding facts on famous Hispanic figures.

National Hispanic Heritage Month »

Brought to you by the Library of Congress in association with other government entities. This website contains a variety of information about this important event, including exhibits and collections, images, and audio/video.

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