NEW YORK (AP) - Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash "Hamilton," says the real story of Alexander Hamilton is one that any immigrant can relate to.

NEW YORK (AP) Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash "Hamilton," says the real story of Alexander Hamilton is one that any immigrant can relate to.

Miranda, who on Thursday was awarded The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, told of reading Ron Chernow's biography of the first U.S. treasury secretary and learning that he was born and raised in what was then the West Indies.

Says Miranda: "When I found that out about Hamilton, I said, 'I know this guy.'"

Miranda is of Puerto Rican heritage.

The prize, bestowed by Columbia University, was created to honor a new play or musical that explores the United States' past and deals with "great issues of our day." It comes with $100,000.