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National Park Service Launches New Web Site To Highlight Hispanic Heritage Parks; New Web Site Is Part Of An Iberian Project
October 6, 2003
WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- National Park Service Director Fran Mainella has announced the availability of a new web site designed to highlight the importance of Hispanic Heritage Parks and the part they play in the nation's history.
The new site titled, "Hispanic Heritage Parks: An Iberian Project," assists visitors in experiencing the nation's Hispanic heritage that is preserved and interpreted throughout the National Park Service.
"We are proud of the rich Hispanic heritage that exists in parks throughout our country," said National Park Service Director Fran Mainella. "From Puerto Rico to Alaska, many of these parks have a direct connection to the Iberian Peninsula."
The new web site is part of an Iberian Project dedicated to the several parks in the national park system of Iberian or Spanish heritage. The site encourages a virtual electronic tour of all parks in the national park system of Hispanic heritage. Visitors can log onto www.nps.gov in order to access this special program, which is prepared in English and Spanish.
The Iberian Peninsula consists today of Portugal and Spain. It is an area surrounded by water except for its northern boundary with France. The Mediterranean Sea is to the east and to the west is the Atlantic Ocean. In the south, the Strait of Gibraltar separates the Iberian Peninsula from northern Africa. During the 15th and 16th centuries the nations of Portugal and Spain pioneered the European discovery of sea routes that opened the first channels of interaction among all of the world's continents.
Part of the NPS mission focuses on the preservation, education, and interpretation of the heritage of the United States -- a multidimensional heritage represented by 388 units throughout the national park system. This multidimensional heritage includes the history of the Spanish Colonial period, preserved in various units of the national park system. This important chapter of American history is shared with you through the units mentioned below and through other parks that preserve our rich Hispanic heritage.
National Park Units of Iberian or Spanish Heritage
Coronado National Memorial -- Arizona
Tumacacori National Historical Park -- Arizona
Cabrillo National Monument -- California
Channel Islands National Park -- California
Fort Point National Historic Site -- California
John Muir National Historical Site -- California
Point Reyes National Seashore -- California
Biscayne National Park -- Florida
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument -- Florida
De Soto National Memorial -- Florida
Fort Matanzas National Monument -- Florida
El Morro National Monument -- New Mexico
Pecos National Historical Park -- New Mexico
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument -- New Mexico
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park -- Texas
San Juan National Historic Site -- Puerto Rico
Contact: John Wright of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 202- 208-6416