Spain to turn over to U.S. documents linked to American independence

Washington, Apr 16 (EFE).- Spain's ambassador to the United States, Ramon Gil Casares, next week will turn over to a U.S. library the 13-volume work prepared between 1976 and 1985 by the Spanish Foreign Ministry on documents in Spanish archives linked to American independence.

The Spanish Embassy announced on Thursday that "this publication will allow researchers at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, at Mount Vernon, to have access to this body of documents held at the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, the National Historical Archive in Madrid and the General Archive of Simancas in Valladolid, among others."

The documents delve into "Spain's contribution in the war of the Thirteen Colonies against Great Britain" which resulted in U.S. independence, said the diplomatic legation in a communique.

The work, the announcement said, is "an important reference collection of 13 volumes that identifies all the known documents related to the American Revolution that are held in the Spanish archives."

The presentation of the work comes in keeping with "the cooperation ... of the Spanish Embassy with this institution as part of the events undertaken to promote better understanding of the historical relations between our two countries through the figure of Bernardo de Galvez," the communique adds.

As part of the exchange, this June, Professor of American History Sylvia Hilton, with Madrid's Complutense University, will participate in the International Seminar organized by the George Washington Library regarding the diplomatic aspects of the American Revolution.

The Fred W. Smith Library in Virginia promotes the study of the first U.S. president, George Washington, and the times in which he lived.