Visit the City of Angels and Discover its Latino Heart
Data shows the US has more Spanish speakers than Spain. It is not only a matter of numbers: the massive presence of Spanish speaking people is also bound to a massive Spanish cultural presence. You can easily recognize it from the name of so many cities, areas and States, such as Nevada, San Diego, San Francisco, etc.: Spanish pervades many areas in the United States and creates opportunities for people to enter different cultures without moving too far from home.
Let’s think about Los Angeles, for example. Its original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Rio de la Porciúncula de Asís. Quite a complicated name if compared to the actual and much simpler L.A.
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Immigration often determines the language and culture influence a city can have. This is what happened to Miami: because of the great number of people coming mainly from Cuba and Venezuela, Spanish is the most spoken language in Miami. In Miami Beach, instead, most people speak Spanglish, a hybrid language between Spanish and English.
Nightlife in Miami is very lively and caliente: you realize it immediately, simply listening to the music coming from the different clubs, where you can dance salsa all night long and enjoy the Caraibic food. Like in many other cities, the influence is not only a matter of language but involves culture and traditions as well.
So, what are you waiting for? Enter this magic land where the sun always shines and discover how beautiful a multi-culture background can be!
An “Almost New” City
Miami is a very young city: it was founded in 1896 and, at its very beginning, it had only 400 inhabitants. Its population grew quickly, though: 50 years later more than 170.000 people lived in there. Nowadays, Miami population is over 400.000 people.
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Texas’s name has a Native American origin; it means “friends” in Caddo language. In this territory, just like in all the areas where colonists and Native Americans met, you can find the descendants of Europeans, Hispanics, and Afro – Americans.
Latin Americans living in Texas are known as Tejanos, and you can meet them in the bigger cities of the State, like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
Texas Hispanic Origins
Texas has been part of New Spain colonial territory from 1716 to 1821, when Mexico won its independence. The Spaniards were here mostly because they did not want the French to get the Mexican silver mines, and they conquered this territory by simply taking there their people, as new religious missions and colonists.
After Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, Texas was part of the Mexican territories until 1836, when the Texans declared their independence from Mexico. Finally Texas became a State of the Union almost 10 years later, in 1845.
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