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A map would be a nice addition[edit]

SamEV 20:02, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

New name[edit]

"Hispanic America" is the modern name for "Spanish America", isn't it? If so, it's odd that Spain should be part of it, as Spain is not in America. But it's obvious that a new understanding of the term has come about, which includes Spain. Anyone disagree? SamEV 03:22, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

I think, that the term "Hispanic America" defined not only a group of countrys with a comoun lenguages and culture but also a geografic localization. Reason why Spain should be excluded.--Lokesssea 11:26, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

i think that Hispanic America is a group of countries that share language, ideologies, etc. I vote to not exclude it.-- 17:58, 26 April 2007

Well, then we should call to hispanic-america, hispanic-countries. You can see the Hispanic America definition in other world wikipedia.--Lokesssea 09:47, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Granted I'm coming to this conversation two years after it seems to have died down, but the use of "Hispanic America" sounded odd to me, when I started using and editing Wikipedia. I had only seen "Spanish America," granted usually in the history books I deal with; but I have never seen "Hispanic America" anywhere, except here in Wikipedia. (Unfortunately or fortunately—depending on how conservative one is about the evolution of language—the coining of neologisms is something I've noticed a lot here in Wikipedia. Some day Wikipedia will be cited frequently in the etymologies of future words.) Often a little research would have clarified the issue, and since many of my students do rely heavily on Wikipedia, I'm interested maintaining a bit of conformity with standard usage. In light of this, I've looked up the terms in several dictionaries ranging from the large, heavy editions to the popular pocket-book type and placed them in the article as a footnote. I've also respected the original editorial choice and left "Hispanic America" as the main term used in the article, although I would strongly recommend changing it and the article's title to Spanish America. I would like to see consensus on this, though, before taking such a move.TriniMuñoz (talk) 04:08, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
I too was deferring to the choice others had made, in regards both to including Spain and to the title. I actually find the exclusion of Spain to be best. As to the title, I'm ambivalent. SamEV (talk) 20:19, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

"Hispanoamérica" is not a word in Spanish. (Y26Z3 (talk) 23:07, 15 May 2012 (UTC))

Like TriniMuñoz, I too am coming to this discussion years after it seems to have died down, but I bring possibly new resources for making a decision. Also like Trini, I find "Hispanic America" odd-sounding and have only found "Spanish America" in my reading. The new resource I refer to is the Google Books Ngram Viewer <>, based on usage in literally millions of published books. In these texts, in the last few decades, "Spanish America" has outnumbered "Hispanic America" approximately 10 to 1. Meanwhile, in an at-large Google search, I find "Spanish America" outnumbers "Hispanic America" by "merely" 2 to 1. Wikipedia's policy is that it "prefers to use the name that is most frequently used to refer to the subject in English-language reliable sources." I sympathize with citizens in the present-day Spanish-speaking republics who may feel that "Spanish America" seems to imply they are still possessions of Spain, but this is the conventional term according to Wikipedia's definition, and I'm asking for someone who knows how to edit _article titles_ to make the correction. Kotabatubara (talk) 14:50, 5 April 2015 (UTC)



Good question!!! Now Spain shifted from Europe to south America. I am going to correct it. 12:01, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Wrong article![edit]

Guys, Latin America is named like that due to the latin origin of the languages spoken there. (i'm from Argentina and i study anthropology, most linguistics). Spanish, Portuguese and French are all romance languages, so according to this same root, all the countries IN AMERICA (noooooooo Spain, it's in EUROPE!) that spoke this latin languages, are included in what it's known today as "Latin America". Canada, despite of having a very important portion of it's nation that speaks fluent french as their native language, is not commonly included into this category although it should be, since french it's a Latin language and Canada it's located in America. Now, Spanish America or Hispanoamérica (in Spanish), means something else. This category includes all the countries which where part of the colonial Spanish Empire and in which, today, spanish is the official spoken language.

Hispanics in the United States - requested move[edit]

Hello everyone. There is at present a discussion going on at Hispanics in the United States, due to the request that the page be moved to Hispanic Americans. Would you like to comment please? Thank you. The Ogre 18:05, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

Xray, please bring to talk[edit]

any issue you have with the current version. We'll take them on one by one here. SamEV (talk) 21:54, 20 June 2008 (UTC)


I'm going to be attempting expansion by translating content from the Spanish Wikipedia. The stuff on cities will be coming over promptly, the rest will take more work. Any help would be appreciated. Zazaban (talk) 20:01, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

That'll do for today. I kinda sped through the translation, so it might not be perfect english, but I'll fix it a bit over time. Zazaban (talk) 20:33, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Puerto Rico[edit]


Puerto Rico was listed as a "country" when it clearly isn't (maybe just not yet). I have removed it from the tables. Some other solution might be found. Choyoołʼįįhí:Seb az86556 > haneʼ 22:13, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Puerto Rico is a country, though not a sovereign independent nation-state. Restoring PR on the article. Salut, --IANVS (talk | cont) 22:20, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
Source? Choyoołʼįįhí:Seb az86556 > haneʼ 22:35, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
Puerto Rico belongs on this list. "Country" doesn't necessarily mean "sovereign state". Not to mention that PR has certain features of sovereign states, notably sports citizenship. Furthermore, this article already indicates that PR is a US territory. What more can you want? SamEV (talk) 22:44, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
A "Country Code" from is enough? --IANVS (talk | cont) 22:50, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
Well, then I have to wonder why Puerto Rico is listed, but not, for example, the United States Virgin Islands which is ~8% Hispanic... It seems cherry-picked (for a reason I cannot see) Choyoołʼįįhí:Seb az86556 > haneʼ 22:48, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
US Virgin Islands are not listed for the same reason the US are not listed. They are not an historical hispanic country. --IANVS (talk | cont) 22:52, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

OK. Fair enough, it makes sense now. Country-code + Historcilly hispanic. Thank you. Choyoołʼįįhí:Seb az86556 > haneʼ 22:53, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

One table too many?[edit]

Should wo merge these two tables? We'd even save one column, "Country" column being found in both tables. SamEV (talk) 23:25, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

I don't see how we would list the major cities in a country-table. Salut, --IANVS (talk | cont) 23:33, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean, but just in case I do, imagine the two tables side by side. SamEV (talk) 23:47, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
There are three colombian cities before the first uruguayan city. Should we repeat Colombia entry three times? --IANVS (talk | cont) 23:49, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
I see what you mean! I forgot that the cities table is not a capitals table!
Well, then I guess we should add two columns to the countries table, for their capitals and populations. What do you think? SamEV (talk) 23:54, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
While I'm not opposed to listing capital cities at the first table, I find the second listing useful. Maybe the displaying problems can be tackled with a new gallery format? --IANVS (talk | cont) 23:59, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm no longer proposing that we eliminate the second table. I might add the capitals one of these days, then.
I think I fixed the layout issue, but if not, give it a try. SamEV (talk) 00:07, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

Sorting of country by area is not working properly. The first two columns seem fineMatupitu (talk) 10:54, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

"were formerly"[edit]

Intro section:

Changed blatant word sequence mistake "they were formerly" to the more correct "they formerly were".

By the way, the entire article suffers from bad English. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:45, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

Inclusion of USA[edit]

Why is this article limited to countries that are majority hispanic? I think that this article should also recognize other countries or regions of countries with significant Spanish populations. Otherwise it seems to suggest that the only hispanic populations worth noting are those in majority hispanic countries. Opinions? (talk) 22:29, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

It would be worth making a mention of, at the very least, New Mexico, in which Spanish is co-offical. (talk) 23:29, 17 October 2011 (UTC)