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The Application Of The Spanish Language In The Culture And Government In America

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In 2011 the Pew Research Center produced a survey which claimed that approximately 37.6 million people living in the United States spoke Spanish in their homes(Gonzalez-Barrera and Lopez). While that may not seem like much keep in my mind the fact that, this number reflects around 10% of the total American population; and the number of Spanish speakers coming to this country is ever-increasing. All of this being said some people, in the government or elsewhere, would see the Spanish language marginalized or even totally forgotten in our national identity. I’m here to say that we shouldn’t forget something that has helped shape the diverse fabric of our nation for hundreds of years. Instead of simply denying the fact that Spanish is becoming more and more of a power so to say in our country, we should embrace it and use it to our advantage as Americans. I propose that we as American citizens and those in our federal government recognize Spanish as a de facto language in the United States.

As stated above, approx. 37.6 million people in America above the age of 5 speak spanish in their homes. This includes Hispanics and a surprisingly large amount of non-Hispanic individuals. As a matter of fact, just under 3 million of those speakers are non-Hispanic(Gonzalez-Barrera and Lopez). Many people who aren’t Hispanic yet speak Spanish are either married to a Hispanic or have Hispanic relatives. And this demographic is growing more and more each year. One reason that the United States has such a large population of Spanish speakers is the fact that the Spanish Empire was once a major power in the area. And due to this fact Spanish has long been a part of the culture of not only the North American continent, but the area that is now known as the United States. The Spanish Empire at its height controlled lands from the Philippines to Peru and the Netherlands to New Mexico. And due to this vast amount of territory that was under the Spanish sphere of influence, their language and culture spread like wildfire. For example the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico is a rather well known city in the southwestern US. Some may not know however that it was founded as a Spanish colony in 1605; making it one of the oldest cities in the United States to date(Carter). Realistically you’d be hard-pressed to find a region of our country that hasn’t in some way been influenced by Spanish settlers. And the effects of this heavy colonization was even very apparent 200 years ago. By the mid-19th century even, it is estimated that 100,000 people in the present-day Southwestern region of America spoke Spanish. So its fairly obvious that large populations of Spanish speakers in the US are nothing new and are in fact what some would call, normal.
The states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida were all Spanish colonies at one point and even today remnants of that culture still linger in their language, which is spoken extensively throughout these and more states....

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