Learn about the history of the various indigenous populations in the Americas, the Spanish conquest and the development of the countries of Latin America.
Carnival, Mardi Gras and Hispanic Culture
Are the origins of Carnival and Mardi Gras? Are they Hispanic or French in heritage? Well, the answer might surprise you. It is a little bit of both and a little bit of neither.
Chihuahua - Ancient Mexican Dog
Tiny and mute, the ancient Mexican chihuahua was revered by the Toltec and Aztec cultures of Mesoamerica as sacred. They sacrificed the yellow chihuahua to guide its master to the Toltec and Aztec idea of heaven. Sacrificing the red Chihuahua was believed to absorb its master's sins.
Chocolate! How Liquid Gold Moved the World
The initial discovery and recognition of the importance of Chocolate is often attributed to Hernan Cortez. Yet in 1502 Christopher Columbus, or Colon, on his fourth and final voyage to the Caribbean, reached the island of Guanaja off the coast of Honduras. History says that he was greeted by Aztecs who offered him sacks full of almond shaped pods in exchange for items they desired. When he did not immediately understand the offering they were giving in exchange, the Aztecan explained to him that
Christopher Columbus' Sinister Agenda
Christopher Columbus is often credited with discovering the Americas. There is a great deal of distortion around his role in history. Columbus initiated the genocide of the indigenous people and firmly established slavery in the New World, engendering the culture of distrust throughout the Americas.
Dia De La Virgen Guadalupe
On December 12th, El Dia De La Virgen Guadalupe is celebrated through out Mexico and all of Latin America. The celebration and devotion of Hispanics to La Virgen Guadalupe, especially amongst the Mexican community, has spread
The most densely populated country in Latin America; El Salvador is also one of the most interesting.
Famous Hispanic Women
Famous Hispanic Women have always existed both in Latin American countries as well as Spain. Many people tell the stories of the famous Hispanic men who have made impacts on the world as we know it...
Feminism Is a Gift of Our First Nations Sisters
Feminism at its roots is a gift from our First Nations Sisters. Little known to many of the women promoting it today was actually not an ideal born of their own but a gift that was given to very special women who started the movement.....
Hispanics and Gardening are a marriage of time and history. With the first days of summer upon us, we find ourselves dreaming of gardening or at the very least enjoying the wonderful effects of gardening all around us. Many are the days we spend strolling in gardens and enjoying...
Hispanics in American Wars
According to the U.S. Army records, Hispanics have been fighting in every war since the revolutionary war with both honor and pride. To learn more read on...
Introduction to Hispanic Culture
Hispanic or Latino? Read this article to learn the different meanings and identifiers for people of Hispanic and Latino ancestry.
Latin American UNESCO Sites
UNESCO? What does that stand for you ask? And what does Hispanic Culture have to do with that? A lot! Stay with me as I reveal some of the worlds most treasured and historic areas, revered and protected, hailed and celebrated through the acknowledgement of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nicaragua Inter-Oceanic Canal
For centuries governments, businessmen and explorers have dreamed of a canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Countless deals have been made and abandoned. The latest news from Nicaragua is the announcement of a deal with a Chinese businessman to build a canal through Nicaragua.
October is Hispanic Heritage Month
The month of October is Hispanic Heritage Month. Through out the United States, Hispanics are celebrating their Hispanic Heritage during this month set aside to recognize and celebrate
Our Lady of the Angels, Patron Saint of Costa Rica
On August 2, 1635, Juana Pereira, a young girl who lived in Los Pardos, a town in the province of Cartago in Costa Rica, made an incredible discovery. Upon a boulder in the woods was a small stone statuette of the Madonna and Child. Strange things occurred unexplainable by natural law or phenomena.
Panama Canal and Culture
The Republic of Panama has a cultural diversity that is uniquely rich as a result of the continual procession of international visitors to one of the greatest engineering marvels of the world, the Panama Canal. Panamanians are known for their warm acceptance, tolerance and harmony.
Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Stunningly beautiful, with many delightful small towns and communities the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado is a unique region of the Sangre de Cristos. The Spanish influence is clearly seen in the town centers with their historic adobe churches, colorful murals and delicious cuisine.
The Lowrider History
Many people look at the Lowrider today and do not understand its origins, meanings and values. Many people have adopted this distinctly Chicano invention and attempted to call it their own. The Lowrider.
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What is in a name? If that name happens to be “Chicano,” it could be a lot of things. As a literal definition, Chicano is someone born in the United States, of Mexican Descent. But the world itself holds so much more meaning for those it is applied to.
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