Presentation of the booklet "Spain in Texas. An old friendship projected into the future"

06/28/2018

On 28 June it was launched at Casa de America the informative booklet “Spain in Texas. An old friendship projected into the future”, edited by the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. with the financial support of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation of Spain). This bilingual publication, conceived on the occasion of the celebrations for the tricentenary of the establishment of the city of San Antonio (1718-2018), examines the historic, cultural, political and economic ties that have emerged as a result of 300 years of Spanish presence in the state of Texas.

Mr. Manuel Lejarreta, Secretary General of the Fundación, opened the presentation and introduced the participants in the roundtable discussion: Miguel Laborda, historian and economist and author of the texts in the booklet, Stewart Tuttle, Counsellor of Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and Eduardo Garrigues, Ambassador of Spain.

The relationship between Spain and Texas was addressed from different but complementary perspectives. In his intervention, Counsellor Tuttle presented an overview of the Texan economy, whose size puts it as the second within the United States and the tenth in the world. Texas is the first purchaser and the first provider of goods and services that Spain has in the US, Tuttle rightly stressed. For his part, Miguel Laborda approached the Spanish historical legacy in the state from the current debate in social sciences on the deep origins of economic development. In his opinion, the Spanish presence since the late 17th century anticipates in several decades some of the key factors for the economic success that this state experienced since the mid-19th century, already as a part of the Union. Finally, Ambassador Garrigues focused his attention on the most mythical aspects of the first expeditions that reached Texan lands since the mid-16th century. Experiences such as those of Cabeza de Vaca or Vázquez de Coronado illustrate the power that myth or literature had in the arrival of the first Spaniards to present-day Texas.

The digital version of the booklet will soon be available through this web site.