Mihály Kováts, the legendary Hungarian hussar, who fought and died in the American War of Independence, gave the idea for the HuGo, a newly developed app collecting all Hungarian or Hungarian-related places, including restaurant, bars, and shops, in the United States.
According to Index.hu, Anna Lacey Smith, the leader of the Hungary Foundation, which developed the app, said that she read about Kováts’s story in an adventure book when she was young. The Hungarian hussar captain inspired a new app called HuGo available only on iOS (i.e. Apple products) as of now. That is because, according to her, “he symbolizes the role played by Hungarians both in creating the independent United States and in U.S. history, this is why we chose the hussar character for the application.”
Based on a March press release, “HuGo aims to gather locations and sites in the United States with Hungarian references from the Independence War to the present day, continuously building the network of ‘Hungarian traces’ –
be it either historic, cultural, or even gastronomic.”
The app got the nickname “Yankee Hussar” and will soon be available on Google Play as well. They created the app by actively involving American-Hungarian organisations. They added that since Hungarians have contributed to the development of America for centuries, there is almost no place within the country without a Hungarian footprint.
The app already marked hundreds of sites with Hungarian references,
from chimney cake makers in California
to the window of the Washington National Cathedral made by Ervin Bossányi, the Hungarian painter and master of applied arts, as well as the iconic New York skyscraper (St. Moritz Hotel) designed by Emery Roth (Imre Róth). The app also aims to foster the forming of local Hungarian communities, for example, to organise social or cultural events.
Those who would like to find Hungarian restaurants or shops will also find the new app handy. The app is continuously developing since even users can modify its content and add the places of Hungarian relevance they discovered.