This September 15 to October 15, FERC joins the Nation in observing Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s national theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we commemorate Hispanic and Latino culture and histories and their contributions to our Nation.
Initially, National Hispanic Heritage Month was observed as “National Hispanic Heritage Week” during the week of September 15 and 16 to honor the achievements of the American Latino community. In 1988, Congress, by Public Law 100-402, amended, authorized, and requested the President to annually issue a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as “National Hispanic Heritage Month.”
These dates are significant as they mark the independence of various Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15, Mexico on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
In addition, the U.S. has a deep Hispanic Heritage. The oldest continuously settled city in the U.S. is St. Augustine, Florida. Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon founded St. Augustine, and the American Southwest was Spanish and Mexican before it was American. That is about one-third of our country.
To learn more about Hispanic Heritage, visit the following websites: