by Patricia Ruiz Steele
The SILVAN HERNANDEZ family was from Fuentesauco, Zamora, Spain.
One in four Californians is foreign born. The term, Hawaiian Spaniards, alludes to those Spanish immigrants who braved the unknown to leave their homeland for sugar cane fields in Hawaii and later to settle in California.
The first book, THE GIRL IMMIGRANT, was penned and published after the author visited their Spanish villages, walked along Calle San Salvador, poked into the Fuentesaúco Cemetery and stood on the stone steps of their ancestral church, Santa Maria. It was their immigration story.
This second book, SILVAN LEAVES, tells the story of who they were. SILVAN LEAVES includes long hours of research stemming from family folklore, photographs, ancestral documents, personal visits, phone conversations and memories. It encompasses the Silván siblings beginning with Felípe, Agapita, Matías, Victorino Luciano, Edmundo, Angel, Juan Francisco, Gerónimo, Lorenzo, Crescéncia and Agustín Silván Hernández with extensions from the family that came before them. Perhaps the beauty and mystic of working backwards into the villages of Spain was the capacity to flesh out ancestors with the help of so many descendants that popped out of the fabric of America to act as puzzle pieces full of imagination and mystery.
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SPANISH PEARLS SERIES, BOOK 2