Three cities with HISPANIC HERITAGE

San Agustin, FLORIDA

St. Augustine is a city of Saint John County, Florida. Founded in September 1565 by the Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, this is the oldest European city of continental United States, as well as its port. A few years before its founding the Spaniards had been exploring the area, but not settled, until they perceived a good number of French Huguenots in the San Juan River, very close to the city, and this threat led Spain to institute a Military presence in the area permanently. This was the reason for the landing of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, which ended the establishment of the French pirates and founded the city of San Agustín de La Florida in August 1565.

San Diego, CALIFORNIA

Today San Diego is a tourist destination of great importance, for foreigners as well as for the Americans themselves and even locals. The weather, beaches and diverse attractions make San Diego a special stroll. Balboa Park, the “Central Park” of the city, has dozens of museums, including the Aerospace Museum, the famous San Diego Zoo and beautiful green areas; The city center at night is a sight, the Pier and Crystal Pier beach, the Old Town, the ferry Berkeley and Seaport Village, seaside tourist area which has restaurants and shops, are some of the mandatory touristic stops on a visit to San Diego.

San Antonio, TEXAS

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States, with a significant Hispanic population. It is said that the Franciscan missionaries built in those territories when Coahuila and Texas and California belonged to the crown of Spain. The Mission of San Antonio de Valero (El Alamo), the Presidio of San Antonio de Béjar and the Acequia Madre de Valero, founded by the missionary Fray Antonio de Olivares, formed the founding nucleus of the present city of San Antonio, which owes its name to the Portuguese San Antonio de Padua, whose festive day is celebrated the June 13th, day in which a Spanish expedition stopped in the region, in 1691.

Today it is one of the most visited cities of the United States and its population, the majority Hispanic, constitutes an important market for all type of articles of consumption. The city receives approximately 26 million tourists a year and is subjugated by the charms of the city. The tourists goes in search of history on each stone and there it is with the oldest catholic cathedral of the United States (Cathedral of San Fernando), with a beautiful downtown, the Museum of Art of San Antonio, the Market (Marquet Square), Where there are restaurants and many craft shops, the Paseo del Rio, to walk and enjoy both day and night, the tour of “The Villita” (Historic Arts Village), a neighborhood very picturesque in Mexican style, and naturalists will always enjoy the beautiful and well-preserved caverns of the Natural Bridge Caverns.