Misinterpretation Of Hispanics In America

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America has always been a country that has welcomed immigrants and their contributions. America has also seen the fastest growing of population not only of Asian, European but Hispanics as well. Hispanics have made many contributions to The United States despite the prejudice and the employment issues that some Americans have made as a result of a high percent of Hispanics in America.

Hispanics are greatly diverse people that made considerable number of contributions to this country. According to Elias A. Padilla in his essay ?Hispanics Contributions to the United States? found on the Internet, he mentions that the first European settlement in North America was San Miguel de Guadalupe, founded in Georgia in 1526. Many thousands of Hispanics participated in different wars. For instance, the war in 1812, the Civil War, The World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and many others. Nobody probably knows what important contribution Hispanics made in The United States? independence where King Carlos of Spain granted a credit of one million pounds to the American colonists.

The language is another important factor, in this case would be Spanish. There are also names of rivers, mountains and in addition 2,000 or more cities and towns in the United States with Spanish names. Spanish is the first European language spoken in North America, and today, the U.S. is the fifth largest Spanish speaking country in the world. Other contributions are in fields as, medicine, arts, public service, space program (Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut), music (Gloria Estefan, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, etc), entertainment (Jose Luis Girao, known now as Walt Disney), sports, and many more. Sadly, no all Americans know all the contributions that Hispanics have made to this country; that?s one of the reasons why they treat...