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.

this is an image of Albuquerque in new mexico

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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