The National Park System is well endowed to commemorate Hispanic contributions to American society. Some 20 national parklands represent America's Hispanic heritage. Some sites remotely display Hispanic contributions to American culture. The National Park System not only preserves the history and contributions of Hispanic Americans, it is also a part of the nation's history. Over the years, the National Park Service has reflected the nation's social history. Among the first Hispanics who influenced the course of the National Parks were: George Wright, 1929
George Melendez Wright was born in
* George Wright Society * Fauna of the National Parks of the United States, by George M Wright
EARLY SUPERINTENDENTS (NOT FULLY INCLUSIVE)
* Julio Marrero-Nunez (San Juan 1962–1970);
* Edward C. Rodriquez, Jr. (Organ Pipe Cactus 1973–1975, Southern
Arizona Group 1989);
* Ray G. Martinez, Jr. (Organ Pipe Cactus 1975–1979);
* Edward C. Rodriquez, Jr. (Amistad 1975–89);
* Ernest W. Ortega (Pecos 1978–80);
* José A. Cisneros (
* Ernesto Quintana, Midwest Region (2003-date)
NATIONAL PARK UNITS
* Christiansted National Historic Site (Christiansted , United States Virgin Islands )
* On Saint Croix , is the only site under United States jurisdiction
to have been visited by
* Construction on the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States was started in 1672 by the Spanish to protect St. Augustine. St. Augustine is the first permanent continually-occupied settlement in the continental United States.
* The peaceful settlement of the 99-year boundary dispute between the United States and Mexico is memorialized here. International artists present cultural exchange programs in drama, dance, and music.
* The first European exploration of the Southwest is commemorated here at the spot whether the expedition of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado in 1540 entered what is now the United States.
* The landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1539 and the first extensive exploration of the southern United States by Europeans are commemorated.
* "Inscription Rock" is a soft sandstone monolith on which are carved hundreds of inscriptions. Included are inscriptions of the Spanish explorers and settlers of the American Southwest .
* This Spanish fort was built (1740–1742) to warn St. Augustine of British or other enemy approach from the south.
* Offshore islands have sparkling sand beaches, historic forts, and nature trails.
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Padre Island National Seashore
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
* This park preserves and interprets the best remaining examples of 17th-century Spanish Franciscan mission churches and coventos remaining in the United States.
* Four Spanish frontier missions, part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are commemorated here.
* These masonry fortifications, oldest in the territorial limits of the United States, were begun by the Spaniards in the 16th century to protect a strategic harbor guarding the sea lanes to the new world.
Tumacácori National Historical Park
* This historic Spanish Catholic mission building stands near the
site first visited by Jesuit
* ^ NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ALMANAC, Edited and Compiled by Ben Moffett and Vickie Carson, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Region; Denver, Colorado; 1991, updated 2006 * ^ A B Historic Listing of National Park Service Officials, USDI, NPS, May 1, 1991, by Harold Danz. Updates after publication by Public Affairs.