Discover San Francisco: Spanish Speaking Areas of the USA

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San Francisco is one of the American cities which history starts back during the Hispanic colonisations. Even its name traces back to that period, too.

San Francisco is considered one of the most important cultural cities in the United States, more because of the tolerance and open-minded approach of its citizens than for the physical availability of important museums or cultural sites.

San Francisco’s Roots: A Little Bit of City History

Initially, the city was a religious mission, founded in 1776 by the Spanish under the extended name of La Misión de Nuestro Padre San Francisco de Asís
After the Spanish period, San Francisco became part of Mexico and, under the new name of Yerba Nueva, in 1835 it started a progressive urbanization development around the oldest part of the city.
In 1848, after the war between US and Mexico ended with an American victory, the city changed its name back again to San Francisco.

Its population grew incredibly, mainly because of the presence of silver mines. By the end of 19thcentury San Francisco was an important trade center. Victorian palaces grew around the city and the first cable cars started working.

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Californian Roots: San Diego, More Than Beaches and Sport

San Diego is the place where you can experience the real California life: long beaches, surf, lovely weather, a relaxed lifestyle. All year long

History of the City

San Diego was initially the territory of the Kumeyaay people, a native population now living in Baja California, Mexico. Its Hispanic history began in 1542 when the area entered the Spanish Empire at the hands of the Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. California got independent from Spain with Mexico and then entered the Union in 1850. It is not surprising news that in San Diego 1 every 4 people is Hispanic or Latino*: the closeness to Mexico and the 3 centuries of Spanish-speaking history strongly bind this city to the Hispanic cultures.

Where to Find the Mexican Taste, and Have Fun in San Diego?

The good thing about being in a border city is that you can experience different cultures mixed together in a unique blend. San Diego has got something more to offer its visitors, though: it has an amazing natural environment you can get lost in.
Here’s where you can taste Mexico and have fun in San Diego.

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New Mexico: Where English and Spanish Live Together

New Mexico is the State in the Union with the higher percentage of Hispanic population (approximately 50%). Spanish is so widespread here that it is the official language, along with English.
Just like all the Spanish speaking areas of USA, the closeness to Mexico affected New Mexico history, cities layout and culture.

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The Hispanic people living in the north are descendants of either the Spanish colonists, who arrived in the 17th -18th century, or of the Mexicans, who arrived during the 20th century. Nowadays, in the most isolated villages, you can still hear people talking in an ancient Spanish, the one spoken by the former colonists in 1600 A.D.

The cultural identity in New Mexico is very diverse and includes different ethnic groups, such as Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglo-Americans.

What Do See and What to Do When in New Mexico

Mountains and deserts are “the main characters” in New Mexico, and each of them has its special way to inspire visitors. Their long history and their mysteries keep on calling people from all over the world.

We visited the small town of Vallejo and learned of many of the roots where people have migrated along the west coast. My family lives in Vallejo, CA and runs www.pestcontrolvallejo.com. After visiting Vallejo, NM, we learned there are a lot of similarities in how the cities were founded.

Albuquerque

In the old city of Albuquerque, you can still taste that special old Spanish and the Native American presence in churches, squares, streets, etc.  You can walk around all day across the thousands of candles lit up in winter, and rest in one of the New Mexican restaurants serving super-hot meals. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway will offer its passengers a great view of the city, from 10,378 foot.

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Los Angeles and its Hispanic Taste

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.

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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.

Let’s Discover its Hispanic Soul Together.

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Traveling in Spanish Speaking Areas of USA: Miami

 

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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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Hispanic Roots of Texas: Discover the State of Friendship

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.

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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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