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The Ghost of Paulino Uzcudun in Hoosick Falls, NY

Hoosick Falls, New York, 13 October 2018 We traveled today to this picturesque if rundown town some 200 miles north of New York City, with Paola Uzcudun, granddaughter of the Basque heavyweight boxer Paulino Uzcudun (1899-1985).  “The Basque Woodchopper” spent … Continue reading

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More Gold from the Paper Mines of the AGA in Alcalá de Henares

New light on the history of New York’s Spanish-language paper, La Prensa from the Archivo General de la Administración (AGA) in Alcalá de Henares.  In Document 1, the editor/owner/founder of La Prensa writes to the Spanish ambassador in Washington and … Continue reading

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Asunto de los Españoles de Arizona (1914)

Gracias a Laura Repullo-Chacón: Más luz del Archivo General de la Administración, en Alcalá de Henares, esta vez sobre los españoles que se encontraban en los campos mineros de Arizona durante la Primera Guerra Mundial.  Entre los muchos datos de … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Diaspora: Spaniards in the US

A slightly shorter Spanish-language version of this essay (with different illustrations) appeared in El País Semanal on Sunday, June 17, 2018.   December, 1920. House of Representatives, Washington D.C. Amidst a heated debate regarding immigration, the congressman Harold Knutson asks for … Continue reading

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Turmoil in Cherryvale, Kansas, 1915

On March 25 1915, Alejandro Barea, the Spanish Consul in New Orleans wires his Ambassador in Washington with typical staccato diction of telegraphs: 200 Spaniards Cherryvale Kansas complain  treatment received in that town without concrete facts. Result: strained relations; an … Continue reading

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Lecture tour in Spain, March 12-16, 2018

From March 12 – March 15, 2018, James D. Fernández, Professor at NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures, will be conducting a lecture tour sponsored by the US Embassy in Spain.  The main program title is “Una … Continue reading

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2017: The Year in Review/Repaso del año

(en español en letra azul) Thanks to the generous collaboration of so many friends in the US, Spain and all over the world, 2017 has been another year full of discoveries and milestones for us. Little by little, and all … Continue reading

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