The Hispanics

The Hispanics

by Greg Nickles

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With the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas came the meeting of the Spanish and Native American cultures and the expansion of Spain's power. In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon, seeking treasure for Spain, discovered a land rich in beauty. Named for its flowers and the Easter holiday, "La Florida" included the future state of Florida and the lands west to Texas. Although no sea route to Asia was discovered, the Spanish expeditions of Hernando de Soto in 1539, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in 1540, and Juan de Onate in 1601 claimed for Spain what is today the south and southwest of the United States. But the meeting between the peoples of Spain and the Americas brought pain and hardship to the Native Americans. With it came slavery, war, disease and the loss of Native customs, religion and land. Today, many of the customs and beliefs practiced throughout the Caribbean and North, Central and South America reflect different Spanish, Native American and African traditions. Seeking a better quality of life, people emigrated from Central and South America to Canada and the United States. Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans make up the largest group of Hispanics in the United States. In Miami, Cubans worked hard to make the neighborhoods like home, as did Puerto Ricans in New York and Central Americans in California. These Hispanic immigrants have brought a culture rich in music, dance, aromatic cuisine, art and religious festivals. One in the "We Came to North America" series, the book uses bold artwork and photography as well as eyewitness accounts to share the power and emotion behind the often harsh, yet colorful history of Hispanic peoples. 2001, Crabtree Publishing, . Ages 10 to14. Reviewer: Leslie Julian

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
We Came to North America Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.77(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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