Hispanics in America
Autor: antoni • September 16, 2011 • Essay • 900 Words (4 Pages) • 787 Views
Hispanics in America
The Hispanic population has expanded influence in North America, and has brought about various social, economic, financial, and political changes. The major Hispanic populations can be found around the country from the beaches of California to the frozen arctic tundra of Alaska, and the North Eastern States like New York and Sunny Florida. You can find a majority of Hispanics clustered in specific neighborhoods. The reason behind this is for protection. Most Hispanics come to America to find "The American Dream" but a lot come from a tyrannical and oppressive government.
The first and most are Mexican-Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, There are 20,640,711 Mexican- Americans living in North America as of year 2000. (Government, 2000) The Mexican race is a culturally proud race steeped in tradition and family oriented lifestyles. To me, the hardest part of American culture that Mexicans need to adopt is the language. English has been stated the hardest language to learn as a second language. With limited language skills, a snowball effect can be introduced. With a language deficit, it is harder to get a job, which influences the ability of the family to make a socio economic impact. Where most people have disposable income, the Mexican- American uses what little money they make to support their family with just the essentials of a life. The Mexican family unit not only has the strong family ties but a strong religious connection as well. The strong religion comes from decades of Roman Catholic influence in the culture. The catholic religion was introduced to the Mexicans in the 16 and 1700's by the Spanish conquistadores.
Another Hispanic group that is prominent in The United States is Puerto Ricans. The Puerto Ricans can be found primarily along the upper east coast. Many Puerto Ricans can be found in New York City. With over 3.4 millions Puerto Ricans living in the United States, they make up the second largest group of Hispanics as of 2000. (Government, 2000) Puerto Rico has been the subject of hot debate. They enjoy special sanctions from the United States. Since 1899 Puerto Rico has been a U.S. protectorate they are the only the only overseas colony of the United States. They are more of a possession than a state. Proposed Legislation has stated "Puerto Rico has become a permanent territory of the United States." (Ayala, 2007) The Majority of Puerto Ricans practice Catholicism, mostly Roman Catholics. This group provides a wealth of social and economic benefits to the U.S. The Puerto Ricans are hard working industrious people. They speak both Spanish and English.
With a population of 1,241,685 peoples living within the country as of 2000. (Government, 2000) The Cuban people are the third largest group of Hispanics in the U.S. The main religion within the community is once again the Roman Catholic