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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we have compiled some resources for you and your family to recognize and celebrate Hispanic culture, history, and ancestors who came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is marked that during this month many Latin American countries gained independence. This time commemorates the people and communities that have influenced, enriched, and contributed to American society.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson

  • President Ronald Reagan expanded it from a week to a month

  • September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua

  • Mexico’s independence day is on September 16

  • Chile’s independence day is on September 18

  • The Hispanic population in the U.S. is around 55 million

  • California has the largest Hispanic population

  • There are 1.2 million Hispanics serving in the U.S. armed forces

  • Hispanics are the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States

  • 73.3% of Hispanics 5 and older speak Spanish at home

  • Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States

  • There are roughly 12.2 million Hispanic family households in the United States

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