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Spanish language

(Encyclopedia) Spanish language, member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Romance languages). The official language of Spain and 19 Latin…

Menéndez Pidal, Ramón

(Encyclopedia) Menéndez Pidal, Ramón rämn´ mnn´dth päl´, 1869–1968, Spanish scholar and philologist. Menéndez Pidal was a noted authority on Spanish epic literature and the Spanish language,…

Catalan language

(Encyclopedia) Catalan language, member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. It is spoken by about 8 million people in Catalonia, Valencia, the…

Popé

(Encyclopedia) Popé pp´, d. c.1690, medicine man of the Pueblo. In defiance of the Spanish conquerors, he practiced his traditional religion and preached the doctrine of independence from Spanish…

Basque language

(Encyclopedia) Basque language, tongue of uncertain relationship spoken by close to a million people, most of whom live in NE Spain and some of whom reside in SW France. The language has eight…

Gloria Estefan

Name at birth: Glorita Maria FajardoGloria Estefan's family fled Cuba for Miami in 1959. She began her singing career in 1975 with the group Miami Sound Machine, and in 1978 married the group's…

Sayles, John

(Encyclopedia) Sayles, John (John Thomas Sayles), 1950–, one of America's most influential independent filmmakers as well as a screenwriter, fiction writer, playwright, and actor, b. Schenectady…

Spanish Place Names

Hispanic heritage from coast to coast by Holly Hartman Alcatraz Island, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, draws over a million visitors each year In 1846,…

Maggie Rodriguez

Maggie Rodriguez has been an anchor on the CBS morning program The Early Show since 2007. The daughter of Cuban refugees, Rodriguez graduated from the University of Miami in 1991 with a degree in…

Thalia

Name at birth: Thalía Ariadna Sodi MirandaThalia is a superstar in her native Mexico, where she appeared in a famous trilogy of 1990s soaps: Maria Mercedes (first broadcast in 1992), Marimar (1994)…