Paul Revere and the Latino Connection

In the cool dark of night on April 18, 1775, Paul Revere and his social network of riders galloped through the Massachusetts countryside.  Their mission was to warn the local citizens that British troops were on their way to seize stores of gunpowder, a precious imported commodity. The lack of this crucial commodity plagued the rebels throughout the war, and was one of the key supplies that the Spanish and Hispanic Americans smuggled through British blockades for them.  The three key smuggling routes were from Spanish Nuevo Orleans up the Mississippi River, from northern Spain across the Atlantic Ocean to New England, and from Havana to Philadelphia and other Eastern seaports.  For more information on how the Spanish and Latinos helped to win the American Revolutionary War, please visit

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