THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I’m Hispanic and I always hear about illegal immigration. Now, I can’t tell you who actually discovered America, Columbus was who they said as I was growing up, while sailing under the Spanish Flag. But I can tell you you who established the first city, actually the first two cities…..

St. Augustine, America’s Oldest City. St. Augustine, founded in September 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain, is the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States – more commonly called the “Nation’s Oldest City.”

The second oldest city in the US is Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was founded in 1607. In the 1500s, the “Kingdom of New Mexico” was owned by the Spanish and its capital was San Juan Pueblo. But in 1609, conquistador Don Pedro de Peralta moved the capital 25 miles south and named the settlement Santa Fe.

So, Hispanics were the first settlers in America. Next time they tell you to go home, tell them “I am home” as it was our ancestors that discovered America. That’s if you go by the history books written for our schools because I’m pretty sure that native americans might see it differently.

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