Hispanic American Diversity

1211 Words Jul 19th, 2013 5 Pages
The misconception among American’s is that all Hispanics are alike. They have the same cultural backgrounds and speak the same language. This could not be further from the truth. In actuality there is great diversity among different Latin ethnic groups. Hispanic Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Columbians all have different cultural and historic back grounds that identify them as separate ethnic groups. Hispanic Americans are Americans of Spanish-speaking descent. Many Hispanic Americans are the descendants of Mexican people who lived in the Southwest when it became part of the United States. Almost all other Hispanic Americans or their ancestors migrated to the United States from Latin America. The three largest Hispanic groups in …show more content…
One of the practical problems service providers face in working with newly-arrived Cubans is that they can function so comfortably within the Spanish-speaking Cuban-American communities: There is little motivation to learn English or move away to areas where there are better jobs. The official and national language of Cuba is Spanish, which virtually all of the population speaks. Cuban Spanish is close to Puerto Rican Spanish and the Spanish spoken in the Dominican Republic, but has special characteristics which make it easily identifiable. In addition, there are internal differences: The Spanish spoken in Havana in the northwest is noticeably different from the Spanish spoken in Santiago in the east. There is also a difference (as there is in any language) between formal and informal Cuban Spanish: In formal Spanish, for example, the s's in the phrase Hasta la vista ('So long') are pronounced, but in informal Cuban Spanish, those s's are likely not to be pronounced. (http://www.cal.org/co/cubans/SPAN.HTM)

As with Puerto Rican and Cuban cultures, Columbian people are a mix of different ethinc groups such as mullato, a mix of African and European race, along with mestizos, a mixture of European and American races. The country is highly urbanized as a large majority of the population lives in cities and towns. The economy of Columbia was highly supported by agriculture with coffee being the primary crop.