George Washington & Spain
We are honored to present to you this work on the little-known relationship between George Washington and Spain and the fundamental role of the Spanish army in the current United States of America. We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Defense for their support and most specially to Spanish Army General Francisco Javier Varela and to the outstanding Spanish army team that has made possible the publication of this book.
The Legacy is dedicated to bringing attention to the significance of Spain’s historical and cultural contributions to the United States, in order to encourage and promote the ties between the two countries based on the cherished relationship that has united us since before the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. This is why it brings such satisfaction to all of us who represent The Legacy to publish this book in 2019, as it marks some historical landmarks that are very important to our objectives and gives us the opportunity to publicize the magnanimity of the Spanish people, their leaders, traditions, and values. The anniversaries we are celebrating are intrinsically linked. As in the cycle of life, we begin with the celebration of a birth and we close in commemoration and respect on the 220th anniversary of the death of the exceptional leader of a new nation.
1519—500 years since the birth of Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, founder of the first city in North America, Saint Augustine in Florida
1759—260 years since Carlos III took the throne as king of Spain
1769—250 years since the first mission in California
1779 – 240 years since official aid from Spain to the Thirteen Colonies
1789 – 230 years since George Washington took office at the first president of the United States of America
1799—220 years since the death of President of the United States of America, General of the Army George Washington