Hispanic history in the United States dates back to the early 17th century when Don Pedro de Peralta settled Santa Fe, New Mexico, making it the oldest capital city in North America. Hispanics in the newly acquired Southwest territory became U.S. citizens after the Mexican-American War, and remained a majority in several states until the 20th century
Today, the Hispanic community in the United States is incredibly diverse, encompassing a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Some Spanish-speakers may identify with their specific country of origin, such as Mexican, Cuban, or Dominican. Others prefer pan-ethnic markers of identity like Latino, Latinx, or Latiné, to encompass their shared cultural heritage.
In 1988, the period between September 15 to October 15 was designated National Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make to the United States of America.
The resources below include lessons, study guides, and stories you can use to introduce the diversity of Hispanic/Latin identities in the United States. The have been selected to represent each stage of the Re-Imagining Migration Learning Arc.