9 Latinos Whose Families Arrived Before July 4, 1776

Listening to the immigration debate, you could easily get the idea that all Latinos are newcomers to this country. Nothing could be further from the truth. Latinos have had a presence in this land for 500 years, and the proof is not just in Spanish place names like Nevada and Colorado or in the fact that the oldest city in America (St. Augustine, Florida) was founded by the Spanish, but in the stories of Latino families nationwide.

So today, we’re honoring Latino families who have been here since before there was an America. Before you go out to your Fourth of July picnic or parrillada, check out these Latino families that have stood the test of time and hear from them why it’s important to tell their stories. Happy Independence Day!

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