"The rich ethnic heritage of Hispanic Americans gives us cause to celebrate because it is a proud and colorful portion of our Nation's heritage. Hispanic Americans have reaffirmed our belief in the principles of liberty and democratic government, and they have helped to share that vision with our neighbors in Central and South America and the Caribbean. This month, as we recognize the many achievements of Hispanic Americans, we also recall the universal appeal of the American ideal of freedom and opportunity for all."
- George Bush, Proclamation 6021 - Hispanic-American Heritage Month, 1989
" “Hispanic” is a term used by the U.S. State Department to describe any person of Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish origin. The largest groups of Hispanic Americans are Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. But the term also includes the descendants of Spaniards who first arrived on this continent in the seventeenth century, first-generation immigrants from El Salvador and native Peruvians. This broad category “Hispanic” encompasses many ethnic groups, including Native Americans, Arabians, and persons of a mixed heritage, each with a unique history and culture. Many Hispanics prefer the term Latino, short for latino americano (Latin American) to reflect the wide range of their diversity."
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