TBH Lesson Plan

Lesson Title:
Immigration to Texas in the 18th Century: The Journey of María Jesusita Curbelo-Delgado Smith's Canary Island Ancestors

Subjects: Texas, American, or World History

Grade level: TEKS are provided for 7th grade but can easily be adapted for grades 8, 10, or 11.

Working cooperatively, students will analyze maps tracing the immigration route of María's ancestors from the Canary Islands to San Antonio, Texas in the 1730s. They will then use their research to write a comparison/contrast essay examining travel in the 18th century and that of today.


Lesson Duration: Two 45-minute class periods or one block period

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Related Websites:

Letter from King Philip V of Spain regarding immigration of Canary Islanders to San Antonio, Texas

Canary Islands Descendants Association

Institute of Texan Cultures, The Canary Island Texans

Texas State Historical Association, Canary Islanders

A Texas Historical Marker honoring the Canary Islanders was erected on San Antonio's Main Plaza in 1971. Find it by searching "Canary Islanders" on atlas.thc.texas.gov/.


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