The impossible dream…

During the last third of the nineteenth century, the small Spanish colony in New York City had to deal with Spain’s bad –and worsening– reputation among many New Yorkers, most of whom supported the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain (1868-1898). It is in that context (mid 1870s), that a group of New York Spaniards, hoping to improve the image of their country in Gotham, put together a proposal to erect a statue of Miguel de Cervantes in Central Park. Their dream of glorifying, in the heart of NY, the Spanish author of that universal classic, Don Quixote, was never realized…

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