Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo on Thursday presented an app developed by the Google Cultural Institute dealing with the Spanish heritage in the United States.

The application was launched on Nov. 15 at Google headquarters in California within the framework of the official visit to the United States by Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, and on Thursday it received the backing of the government at a ceremony where Queen Sofia presided.

The content available through the app will allow the more than 53 million Hispanics who live in the United States and are the heirs of the Spanish legacy to "preserve their cultural identity," Garcia-Margallo said.

The app includes text, images, recreations, photos and maps spanning the centuries from the Spanish colonial epoch up to the present day.

Borja Cardelus, who is responsible for the majority of the content included in the project, emphasized that the app will enable people to become familiar with Spain's three main contributions to North America: the activities of the navigators and explorers, the work of the missions to help Indian tribes survive and the cultural legacy that Hispanic residents of the United States now share.

Among the least known aspects of the Spanish heritage that can be discovered using the app, Cardelus said, is the aid Spain provided in helping the 13 American colonies secure their independence. EFE