Hispanic America

Archive Report

Progress and Problems

Increased Numbers, Growing Influence

Thirty years ago the term Hispanic referred primarily to a few million Mexican-Americans residing in the southwestern United States. Today, Hispanics, with their distinctive heritages—Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and Central and South American—have settled in every state of the Union. While they are still concentrated in such states as New Mexico, Texas and California, the number of Hispanics in other parts of the country has grown substantially; for example, almost one in 10 people in New York and Florida are Hispanic. Having demonstrated their permanence as a distinct cultural group, Spanish-speaking Americans are becoming accepted as part of American society, creating their own neighborhoods and influencing the structure and development of the communities in which they live.

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