dorsoOur primary goal is to create a multi-media archive that will document the history of Spanish immigrants in the United States.  Wherever and whenever possible, we will conduct our own research and post the results –photographs, documentary films, journalism, scholarship– on this site.  We will also review research that has already been undertaken, by scholars, local historians, filmmakers, etc., and, whenever possible, make that material available here as well.


Acerca del proyecto

Nuestro objetivo primordial es crear un archivo multi-media para documentar la historia de inmigrantes españoles en Estados Unidos.  Siempre que podamos, realizaremos nuestras propias investigaciones, y colgaremos aquí los resultados –fotos, documentales, periodismo, trabajos de investigación académica, etc.  También revisaremos investigaciones llevadas a cabo por otros –académicos, historiadores locales, documentalistas, etc.– y, de ser posible, pondremos ese material a la disposición de nuestros lectores.

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  1. jacqueline urla manzanares says:

    This is so exciting to find. I’m doing research on my grandmother and grandfather, both from Navarra who emigrated in the early 20th century to Los Angeles, California. Will be happy to share material as I write it up. if anyone has tips on archival sources on Spaniards in the Los Angeles area please let me know.

  2. Jackie Alcalde Marr says:

    Hi Jacqueline – I’m Jackie (also Jacqueline) Alcalde Marr. All my grandparents came from Spain to Hawaii on the ships that found workers to pick sugar cane just after the turn of the century. They then went to the port of San Francisco and settled in the San Leandro/Hayward area. I’ve had a long-time dream to do my research and perhaps write a book. I’d love to share ideas with you and learn from each other how we can best find answers and uncover the fabulous stories of our ancestors. Please email me if you’re interested in sharing!

  3. joevallina says:

    Luis, me encantaría participar in cualquier manera puedo. Díme cuando estés trabajando en EEUU la próxima vez (¡antes, por favor, jaja!). Un abrazo asturiano/americano a ti.

    Xosé/Joe Vallina

  4. Mario Meré says:

    What a great site. I hope there will be more response.
    My father, Benito Meré, was born in Gijon, Asturias, in 1899. He ran away from home at the age of 14, as did many young men due to the recruitment for the revolution. He went to Cuba, then 3 years later sailed to New York eventually marrying my mother. I found this site while researching Spanish resorts in the Catskill Mountains which I remember going to with my parents, namely, Villa Nueva. My father was very closed about his life before getting married. I have spent much time trying to get more information about his early life in Spain, Cuba and NY.

    Mario Benito Meré

    • espanyu says:

      Thanks so much for the response and the memories, Mario. We’ve done a good deal of research on Villa Nueva an some of the other resorts. There are posts on our Facebook page. Please stay in touch and tell us more about your background. Best wishes,
      Jim Fernandez and Luis Argeo

  5. Mariana Campello says:

    I´m exciting to find you. I had a family, Francisco Giner, his company was Construction Giner, at Detroit. He was born in Santa Pola, Alicante, (Spain), he was my cousin´s parent. I´m looking for his son, …..Giner, he is/was a policeman. Please write me if you have information. Thanks. Mariana Campello

  6. Azucena Jiménez says:

    I got so exited when my daughter passed this blog on to me. My grandfather was one of the immigrants that went to Hawaii in 1909 at the age of 14. I live in Spain and recently I´ve been trying to find more information about that journey and all it meant for our relatives. This blog is a nice help to understand why they left their hometown (Macotera, Salamanca). Thank you so much for guiding us.

    • espanyu says:

      Dear Azucena, Thanks so much for the comment. We just sent you an email. Please contact us at jf2@nyu.edu. We are going to be in the province of Salamanca next weekend, interviewing descendants of salmantinos who emigrated to the US. We would love to meet you and were hoping you might be able to introduce us to other folks in the area of Macotera. Gracias.

  7. Hi, I am trying to find some information about Alfredo Suárez González. He was born in Asturias on 20 Sep 1891. He emigrated to Tampa, FL when he was 13, he never went back to Spain. He married Ignacia Suárez and they had four children. He passed away on 10 Mar 1962 in Tampa. Thank you!

    • espanyu says:

      Dear Elena,
      I suppose you know this already, but via ancestry.com we can find Alfredo, Ignacia and their four children living on 25th Avenue in Ybor City in the 1930 US Census and in the 1935 Florida census. Please tell us more of what you already know, so that we don’t duplicate our efforts. We’d be happy to look into this some more.
      Best wishes,
      Jim and Luis

      • Thank you so much! We did found that information on ancestry.com but we wanted to know more about his live in Spain and if there are any relatives alive there. We know that he was born in San Claudio, a neighborhood in Oviedo, Asturias. The name of the neighborhood was misspelled in the Florida census. Thank you so much, we appreciate any new information!

  8. Jesus Rodriguez Chacon says:

    Mis abuelos Asturianos emigraron a Los Estados Unidos creo por 1920 mi madre nacio en Pa. en 1924 y mi tia en Canton, Ohio en 1926 mas tarde por la depresion del 1929 se marcharon todos a La Havana Cuba, despues de muchos años en Cuba cuando triunfo la rebolucion en 1959 el govierno comunista le robo a mis abuelos todo lo que tenian despues de mucho trabajo, mas tarde por los 1960tas regresaron a los Estados Unidos y los dos murieron en Miami. Jesus Rodriguez Chacon, Miami Fl.

  9. Inma says:

    Encontré esta conmovedora historia de unos malagueños que emigraron a Hawai. No tenía ni idea de este movimiento migratorio hacía las Américas. Me ha encantado el blog, mi enhorabuena. Gracias y un saludo.

  10. Hi, this is a very nice project — I just recently discovered this. I am an American living and working in Madrid but my great-grandfather Manuel Carral came to the United States as a stowaway when he was about 13. A native of Ramales de la Frontera, Santander, he settled in Brownsville, Texas and worked as a grocer all his life. I wrote about him in an El País blog piece some years back.
    And here is the link to his grave on findagrave. He is buried in Old City Cemetery in Brownsville.

  11. Cristina Martin says:

    Hola! Estoy fascinada con este proyecto! La página de Facebook está muy bien. Estoy tratando de aprender mas sobre mis abuelos. Vengo de una familia de doble emigración. Mis abuelos paternos gallegos llegaron a nyc alrededor de 1920, mi padre nació y se crió en Estados Unidos ( entre Detroit y los Ángeles). De mayor fue a España por trabajo, conoció a mi madre asturiana, y después de 20 años alli, y cuando yo tenia 17, nos vinimos a California. Se que seguramente tenemos parientes lejanos por algun lado pues algunos de los tios de mi padre también llegaron y vivieron en NYC alrededor de 1920. Tengo un par de fotos. Apellidos de mi abuelo paterno González Somoza

    • espanyu says:

      Querida Cristina,
      Gracias por la nota. Investigaremos esos apellidos a ver si descubrimos algo. ¿de qué parte de Galicia era tu abuelo? ¿cuál era su nombre de pila?

      Jim Fernández

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