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"America, Spain, and the Meeting of Frontiers" Internet Project Launched
U.S.-Spain website increases access to historical documents (310)
By Denise Bonk, Washington File Staff Writer, 14 March 2000.
Washington -- On the last day of his February visit to the United States, King Juan Carlos of Spain launched an Internet project, co-sponsored by the National Library of Spain and the U.S. Library of Congress, that makes maps, manuscripts and other historical documents available to a wider audience than ever before.
"Unfortunately, too many Americans think that America was discovered in 1620 when the Pilgrims came," the king said in Spanish, quoting a 1961 speech by President John F. Kennedy. He was alluding to the fact that Spanish settlements in what is now the western part of the United States pre-dated the English settlements in the New World by roughly a hundred years.
The web site, "America, Spain, and the Meeting of Frontiers," uses new technologies to tell the parallel stories of Spain, the Anglo-American settlers and later Americans through digitized images and texts of original source materials.
"The Spain-America initiative provides a gateway to the shared experience by both countries and to much that remains important to the histories of Spain and the United States today," the web site says.
The king posted a copy of a 1562 map of the Western Hemisphere on the web site, and more documents from Spanish libraries will be coming soon. Currently, most of the documents now posted are from the Library of Congress.
The web site, which is still under construction, is available in both English and Spanish at :
www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/frontiers/splash.html. The web site may also be accessed via the State Department's International Information Programs Spanish web site at www.usinfo.state.gov/espanol