About the Conference
“Spain and the Global Struggle for United States Independence” will explore the important role of Spain in the age of the American Revolution and in the early years of the new United States. The conference will bring together historians from both sides of the Atlantic to examine the wars for empire, contests for territory, and the Enlightenment-era political ideas that shaped so much of the eighteenth century as well as the important legacy of Spain’s decision to declare war on Great Britain in 1779. Following this focus on the American Revolution and the Founding of the new United States, the conversation will extend to the ongoing diplomatic and cultural relationships between the two nations, from the presidency of George Washington to our own time.
The conference is organized by Mount Vernon’s Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, with consultation from our academic partner, Universidad Complutense, Madrid. The academic co-chairs for this conference are Dr. Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library, and Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, author of Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution. Alongside the academic goals of the gathering, the program is designed to appeal both to scholars and to a more general audience of enthusiasts of Spain, George Washington and history.
CONFERENCE SESSIONS AND LIST OF SCHOLARS
The Mount Vernon Travel Program
Immediately following the conference, a 5-day travel experience led by expert guides and curators will explore Madrid and surrounding cities and countryside. The travel program will serve as a complementary experience exploring Spain’s ties to the United States, along with the art, architecture, and rich sociopolitical history of the region. Hand-selected historians will accompany us on visits to museums and sites of historic significance to bring 18th century Spain to life as it relates to the founding of the United States.
Guests will enjoy an all-inclusive package of exquisite meals, luxury accommodations at the historic Mandarin Oriental Ritz Madrid, local transportation and access to all events and tours, including special experiences and time spent in private palaces and venues not available to everyday tourists.
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Eligibility: Please note that the Mount Vernon Travel Program is a benefit available to Mount Vernon donors of $10,000 or more. To discuss your eligibility, please email Kenneth Hill at KHill@mountvernon.org, or call 703-799-8666.