For Teachers

Dear Teachers,

We appreciate your important role in educating and inspiring young people.  We’ve created this web site to inform and inspire children and young adults about the contribution of Hispanic Americans.  Our mission is to create a sense of belonging and pride in the heritage of Hispanic American youngsters, and acceptance and respect among all North Americans. 

If you have any comments on the content that we have prepared or suggestions for online sites that we can feature, please contact us!  

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We have created a Teaching Guide for you on the role of the Spanish and Hispanic Americans in the American Revolutionary War.  The Guide focuses on National Historical Thinking Standards 1 through 5.

Grades 7 – 12 Teaching Guide

Resources for the role of the Spanish and Hispanic Americans in the Revolutionary War

Unfortunately, there is not much information available on the subject of the role of Hispanic Americans in the winning the American Revolutionary War.  We have several suggestions for books in our Research Center.

We have posted copies of several letters written in the 18th century from French military leaders that attest to the role of the Cubans in assisting to finance the 1781 Battle of Yorktown in our Resource page

Please read through our site, which has information the important People, Events, and Places in the American Revolutionary War.  Start with the Timeline, which takes you from 1776 to 1783, and provides a year-by-year overview of the contribution of the Spanish and Hispanic Americans. 

The Smithsonian Legacy Exhibition features a Youth and Family Guide with information on the role of the Spanish in the American Revolutionary War.  The site is in Spanish and English.

The Kids Corner at the Smithsonian Latino Center has a wonderful micro-site on Bernardo de Gálvez. 

Online Resources for Hispanic History and Culture

The Smithsonian Latino Center Educator site has excellent curricula focused on cultural activities, including music, biographies, and current events.  The Kids Corner, which is sponsored by Disney and thus has a slightly bigger budget than we do, is a wonderful multi-media center.  Included are micro-sites on Bernardo de Gálvez, a gallery on Mexico, and center on Latin Music. 

Thinkfinity.org is an excellent educational resource, with a number of Teaching Guides and Lesson Plans on Hispanic history, culture, and people.  The site has search engine to assist you.  Thinkfinity is sponsored by the Verizon Foundation and is associated with the Smithsonian Museum of American History. 

Again, thank you and gracias for the wonderful work that you do.