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Spanish Influence in the Americas

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Spanish Influence in the Americas

The Spanish had 2 main goals when exploring the Americas--to make money and to spread Christianity.

Spain's longest-lasting colonies were religious settlements in the Southwest and Florida.

Spanish is the official language of Mexico and many South American countries. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the United States—there are about 28 million native Spanish speakers. Click on the figure to the right to see a list of commonly used English words that have a Spanish origin.

Below this picture you will find some common foods eaten in the United States that were developed by Spanish colonists using both Spanish and American Indian ingredients.

Spanish-style buildings are recognizable by their red-tile roofs and smooth stucco walls. Stucco is a mixture of cement and plaster. Spanish-style homes often had central courtyards, tiled floors, arches, and balconies. This type of architecture kept buildings cool, even in hot climates. This style is still common today in the Southwest, California, Florida, and Mexico. Click on the video to the left to see examples of Spanish architecture.

burritos, tortillas, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, nachos, quesadillas, salsa, tacos


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