Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research centers.There are 6,400 Smithsonian employees, including some 500 scientists, and more than 5,500 volunteers. Approximately 28 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2014, with more than 175 million visits to Smithsonian websites. The total number of objects, works of art and samples in the Smithsonian is estimated at 138 million.
2016 is going to be a very important year for the international projection of the Basques.
This festival is the most important cultural activity that takes place in the capital of the United States and is visited directly by more than one million people and with a follow-up of more than 40 million.
The event is held every year, since 1967 in the heart of the federal capital of the USA: The National Mall, ie between the Washington Monument and the Capitol.
Bizkaia is one of the seven Basque territories, important by population and economy and is an old acquaintance in Washington, largely due to one of the Founding Fathers and second President of the USA, John Adams, and his book `A defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States’ in which he speaks of the Provincial Democratic Republic of Bizkaia. A chapter he wrote after his stay in Bilbao. The same is known for the figure of the fundamental collaborator for the independence of the USA and first ambassador of the King of Spain, from Bilbao Diego de Gardoki.
We are sure that the history of those Basques will be one of those that in the summer of 2016 we are in the heart of the USA.
A fascinating story that rediscovers the Basques of today, the courage and courage of those Basques, from the sailors of our nation who for a time managed to make an important part of the Atlantic, in some way, `the sea of the Basques’ to the present day.