Every year Americans come together to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15. The month is dedicated to celebrating Latin American culture and American Citizens whose roots come from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
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Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico Rare Book Collection