Francisco de Miranda, A Life of Adventure

One of the first Latinos to visit the newly independent United States was Venezuelan born Francisco de Miranda (1750 – 1816).  He was a huge fan of the American Revolution, and met with George Washington and other notable Americans.  A keen observer of the newly independent America, he attended classes at Princeton University and wrote extensively of life in post-revolutionary America.  In his diary entry for January 16, 1784, Miranda writes of crossing the Delaware from the same spot as Washington’s famous raid on the Hessians on Christmas Eve of 1776.