The Link Between Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Independence
Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin American Independence are more connected than you might think!
This cultural lesson explores the complex history of how many Central and South American countries gained their independence in a process also known as the decolonization from Spanish/ European power and how this rich history is also linked to the US observation of Hispanic Heritage Month. Get the full lesson below!
The month of September marks an important month for several Latin American countries as they celebrate their independence. In fact, so important that the year 1968 marked the first observation of Hispanic Heritage Week under the United States president Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1988 president Ronald Reagan extended this observation from a week to a month.
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. And while it first became an annual tribute to celebrate the incredible contributions, histories and cultures of United States Citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Latin America and Spain, one cannot forget that this month is historically linked to independence day celebrations and other important holidays that weave together to create a rich and dynamic history. September 15th is a significant day as it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16th, 18th and 21st respectively. Hispanic Heritage Month concludes with the controversial holiday of Día de la Raza on October 15th. This month is a time for Hispanics to remember their history, acknowledge the sacrifice and compromise it took to gain their independence and celebrate their rich and diverse origins.
Get the full lesson and implement this cultural piece in your classroom to explore the rich history of Latin America from the original Spanish conquest, through reforms and the final days that mark each country’s independence.
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