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Learn about the history of the various indigenous populations in the Americas, the Spanish conquest and the development of the countries of Latin America.

Ancient Tiahuanaco at Lake Titicaca star
Thousands of years ago a highly sophisticated society created the great city of Tiahuanaco on the shore of Lake Titicaca. It is believed that the people of Tiahuanaca were the ancestors of the Incas and other cultures of South America. Tiahuanaco became the seat of a powerful pre-Columbian empire.

Carnival, Mardi Gras and Hispanic Culture star
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 star
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 star
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 star
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.

El Salvador star
The most densely populated country in Latin America; El Salvador is also one of the most interesting.

Famous Hispanic Women star
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 star
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 in American Wars star
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 star
Hispanic or Latino? Read this article to learn the different meanings and identifiers for people of Hispanic and Latino ancestry.

Latin American UNESCO Sites star
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 star
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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe star
On December 12, Catholics the world over, especially in Latin America, celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She is called La Reina de Mexico and is quite a cultural icon. In 1999 Pope John Paul II proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe a patron saint of all the Americas.

Our Lady of the Angels, Patron Saint of Costa Rica star
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 star
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 star
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 star
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.

What is Chicano? star
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.

Who are the Hispanic Americans? star
Spanish Americans are Americans whose ancestors came from the country of Spain in southwestern Europe. Spanish Americans are the oldest European American group as they have had a constant presence in Florida since 1565.

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