“The Discovery of Spain in New York, circa 1930” (2010)

In Nueva York:  1613-1945, Edited by Edward Sullivan.  (New-York Historical Society, SCALA, 2010), pp. 216-233.

“‘There is a Spanish-speaking colony of size in New York.  It is like Spain itself, with rivalries of the old provinces still lingering.  It is like all the Spanish-speaking world in the two hemispheres, great nations lying here in the little, keeping separate at home, yet mingling in common interests.  Here are not Chelsea, nor old Peter Stuyvesant’s farm, but Estremadura and León; half across the town, Argentina lies next to Castile, and Uruguay is nearby, with Cuba in the offing.’  A vivid portrayal of a vibrant and diverse community of some thirty thousand “Spanish” in New York City, “half of them from Spain,” emerges from this March 23, 1924 New York Times article…”

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