Without Spanish and Mexican aid to the Patriots, there would be no 4th of July

A Spanish army defeats British soldiers in the Battle of Pensacola in 1781. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris returns all of Florida to Spain for the return of the Bahamas.

The entire Southwestern U.S. was stolen from Mexico by the U.S., yet Mexican Americans, and a fair amount of Mexican immigrants, love celebrating the 4th of July here in Santa Ana, which is one of the few cities left in Orange County where you can buy and use legal fireworks.

You see, Mexicans love the idea of independence too.  They defeated both the Spanish and the French, on their soil.  And they have remained proudly independent ever since.  They are in fact celebrating 200 years of independence this year.

What few Americans remember today is that Spain, and its Mexican and New World territories, helped the American patriots to defeat England.  In fact I would say that without their help we would be living in a British satellite today.  Here are a few facts to consider, from this online source:

Click here to read the rest of this post.


About Art Pedroza