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"If Spain had not existed 400 years ago, the United States would not exist today."

Quote by Harvard Scholar, Charles F. Loomis
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Versión Español


The España Chapter was the first to be confirmed in the 21st century. After months of hard work on the part of Mrs. Carol Rilling (Past National Chairman, Units Overseas Committee) and Mrs. Ann Peavey (Past National Vice Chairman for Genealogy, Units Overseas Committee), we held our Organizing Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on February 3, 2001, with ten organizing members in attendance.

As part of the NSDAR we share the three-fold purpose of the Society (EDUCATION, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, PATRIOTISM), while at the same time developing our project of education within Spain to make known the important role that Spain played in aiding the American colonies and gaining independence for the U.S.A. 

We would like to research and document the role of Spaniards and the Spanish Crown in the American Revolution and make this little known fact generally recognized. 

 We currently have 17 members throughout Spain and Portugal and 45 Associate Members from all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe who are interested in Spain and our activities. We get lots of support from their collaboration. Would you like to become an Associate Member of España Chapter?  All that is required is evidence of membership, in good standing, in another chapter.  We would love to have you as an associate member.  You'll be entitled to purchase and proudly wear the Overseas pin!  Your support is essential to our future!

Please email our Regent, Molly, for an application.


Mary Ann Long de Fernandez de Mesa

Thanksgiving 07

DAR España Chapter held its Thanksgiving lunch this year at Matthew Scott’s authentic New Orleans style restaurant, GUMBO, in downtown Madrid.  A wonderful meal and cheerful get together and another chance after the Bazaar to bring more soldiers’ boxes for our effort to support our troops overseas.

Bazaar 07

Once again, the España Chapter hosted a DAR booth at the Holiday Bazaar organized by the American Women’s Club of Madrid and held at the Westin Palace Hotel. Our American / Spanish flag pins sold well and Molly donated a Pau Gasol Basketball shirt for the Bazaar raffle. Santa Claus even visited our booth this year to wish us a Merry Christmas of 2007!

Viso del Marques

On Oct. 20, 2007, various members of the España chapter visited the "Palacio del Viso del Marques."  The first Marquis of Santa Cruz, Don Álvaro de Bazán, built this Renaissance palace in 1562.  Presently it is a museum and houses the Historical Archives of the Spanish Navy, where many original documents relating to Spanish naval participation in the American Revolution are to be found.  We were the personal guests of  Admiral Teodoro de Leste (in the center of the photograph) and we ended our private tour of the Palace and Archives with a lunch given by our host.


On October 25, 2007, the España chapter celebrated the one year anniversary of the placement of the DAR plaque at the Casa De América in Madrid and the Peace and Friendship visit.  We had a wonderful lunch in the private dining room at the Paradis Restaurant of the Casa de América. Lola Ruiz del Arbol (Chief of Protocol) came by from The Casa and wished us all well.  Then we stepped out into the gardens of the Casa to see our plaque once again.

July 4 07

España chapter members were proud to attend the July 4th party in 2007  held in the gardens of the US embassy in Madrid.  Here we are with our present U.S. ambassador to Spain, Eduardo Aguirre, who has been so supportive of our group and our efforts to promote good will between the U.S. and Spain.


Preserving Peace & Friendship October 2006 Tour of Spain. The NSDAR President General and entourage visited Spain, hostessed by the España DAR chapter, to commemorate Spanish Aid to the Independence of the United States of America.


A Marker was placed by The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in October 2006. This plaque commemorates Spanish aid to the United States of America, 1776-1783. His Majesty King Carlos III provided diplomatic support through the Count of Floridablanca and the Count of Aranda and military and naval expeditions under Bernardo de Gálvez in the Gulf of Mexico. Spain also contributed financial aid for supplies, including cannons, gunpowder, tents, uniforms, quinine, and food distributed via Havana and Mexico. The Treaty of Friendship, Limits, and Navigation was signed at Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, on October 27, 1795, formalizing a supportive and enduring diplomatic relationship. Spain's important role during the American War for Independence is acknowledged with gratitude.


España Chapter Members and friends at Marker Dedication Ceremony with Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre.


President General, Presley Merritt Wagoner; National Chairman, Beverly Jensen; Tour Committee, Merry Anne Wright, Sally Baldwin, and Virginia Lingelbach; accompanied by a DAR delegation who traveled to Spain with Academic Travel Abroad and Made for Spain tour guides Isabella Van Raalte and Pablo Lopez Navarro, visiting Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla, and Granada. Picture above: Tour group enjoying a Flamenco show in Sevilla


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Updated October 27, 2008