The Ministry of Defense, through the Defense subdelegation in Ávila, organized an exhibition that reveals the significant contribution of Spain to the formation and independence of the United States, entitled ‘The Spanish Legacy in the United States of America’. This is an exhibition prepared by the Legacy Foundation and consists of a series of postcards inspired by the 1950s. They evoke, with simple messages, unknown chapters of our history in the United States of America. “The exhibition consists of 38 panels, distributed from the 15th to the 18th centuries, the three centuries in which the known Viceroyalty of New Spain existed,” said Colonel Álvaro Capella, subdelegate of the Defense of Ávila. She also added that “what this exhibition aims to do is tell a story that no one tells us and that we don’t know.”
The exhibition consists of 38 panels. They started with a woman from Avila, Queen Isabel. “So it can be seen in the poster of this exhibition, where the story of everything that the Spanish did for the birth of the United States is also told.” And to explain the importance of this exhibition, Colonel Capella commented that “to give you an idea of what we will present here, the 38 panels travel through history. In addition, there are some plans where the territory of the viceroyalty can be seen. This territory now occupies two-thirds of the current territory of the United States. Another anecdote that can also be seen is that the symbol of the United States dollar comes from the Spanish money made in the United States.
The mayor of the city, Jesús Manuel Sánchez Cabrera, also emphasized the important role of the Spanish in the formation of the United States, some of whom came from Avila. “We are proud of the contribution made by many people from Ávila to this history. We invite the people of Ávila to discover this exhibition, which will open on February 21 and remain until March 20 at the Palacio de los Verdugo. The curator of the exhibition and president of The Legacy Foundation, Eva García, was present at the opening of the exhibition, whose mission is “to highlight the importance of the historical and cultural contribution of Spain to the United States of America, with the aim of “developing and promoting bonds of unity between the two nations, based on the precious relationship that has united us since before the Declaration of Independence of the North American people.” This exhibition is one of the steps taken by the Foundation to promote its objectives. There are two exhibitions that travel to different places in Spain. One of them is for Andalusia and southern Spain, and the second is for the rest of the country. This is what will arrive in Ávila and what will be seen at the Palacio de los Verdugo between February 21 and March 20. The exhibition comes from Gijón, where it also stays for a period similar to the one it will stay in Ávila.