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Hispanic Literature becomes a cultural force in the U.S.

« You cannot understand the U.S. if you ignore the Spanish language. » According to this article, appeared in the Spanish newspaper “El País” this week, the origin of “latinization” in the U.S. would date back to 1848, when the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, between the U.S. and Mexico, was signed, to end the Mexican-American war (1846-1848).  Per this Treaty, Mexico gave to the U.S. more than half of its national territory, in exchange of $15 million that was paid to Mexico. This gave the U.S. ownership of the current states of California, Nevada, Utah, Nuevo México and Texas, and large zones within Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Through this trade of lands, people whose first language was Spanish, became living in a country where most people spoke English. The dissemination of Spanish language in the U.S. continues nowadays through the phenomenon of immigration from Hispanics to the U.S. For this reason, it should not be surprising that there is a literary tradition in Spanish in the U.S. This article mentions several authors and novels that are paramount to understand the Hispanic literature in the U.S. It considers ‘The Squatter and the Don’ (1885), by Amparo Ruis de Burton, as the first important literary work, which appeared after Mexico’s defeat. The vast list continues until more recent names, such as: Junot Díaz, Daniel Alarcón, Rubén Martínez, and others. Read the complete referred article in Spanish here: Lago, E. (2014, January 25). Hispanic Literature becomes a cultural force in the U.S.  El País. Available online from: