Hispanic and Latino Culture

Hispanic and Latino CultureBy: Jeffrey Marshall


Hispanic and Latino culture have played a huge factor in creating the California we see today. The four largest cities in California are derived from Spanish names which are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco. The biggest impact though can be seen in the profligate province, which is from Santa Barbara and all the way to San Diego. Hispanic and Latino cultures have affected many fields in profligate province such as sports, food, music, television and politics.

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is one of the hot spots of Hispanic and Latino culture. In Spanish Los Angeles means “The Angels,” which is why it is referred to as the City of Angels. Los Angeles was founded back in 1781 by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. Los Angeles became a part of Mexico 1821, but then after the Mexican American war it become part of the United States in 1848. Right now Los Angeles is one of the world centers of business.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa is the current mayor of Los Angeles and 41st mayor of LA. He is the first Mexican American to be elected mayor of LA.

Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is a unique part of Southern California and personally is my favorite place to visit when I go to San Diego. The city did an amazing job restoring or reconstructing the adobe buildings and making it look like it did back in the 1850’s.

Cafe Coyote

The night life is also incredible, when walking down the street you are surrounded by different stores and restaurants. My favorite restaurant to go to in Old town is Café Coyote. If you just want a quick snack and are passing by Café Coyote you can pick up some of the best fresh handmade tortillas. Also in the center of the town during the weekends they have mariachi bands playing and a group of mariachi dancers all dressed up.

Mariachi Dancers

Cesar Chavez
California is the only state that celebrates Cesar Chavez day. A unique feature of growing up in the profligate province is that you get to learn a lot about Latin American holidays. In elementary school and high school we used to celebrate The Day of the Dead, which is November 1 and November 2. Another holiday that we used to celebrate was Cinco De May, which is not Mexican Independence Day. It is actually the celebration of Mexico's unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862.

Oscar De La Hoya
Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya was born in Los Angeles county and is one of the most decorated boxers of all time. He has defeated 17 world champions and has won 10 world titles in 6 different weight classes. Only one other boxers hold more world title belts. He is the highest paid boxer in history and he still does tons of promotions for the sport.

Music and Television