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Hispanic America

"Spanish America" redirects here. For colonial Spanish America, see Spanish colonization of the Americas.
Map of countries that make up Hispanic America.
Spanish speakers in the Americas.
European colonies and territories in the Americas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Hispanic America or Spanish America (Spanish: Hispanoamérica) is the region comprising the Spanish-speaking nations in the Americas.[1][2]

These countries have significant commonalities with each other and with Spain, its former European metropolis. In all of these countries, Spanish is the main language, sometimes sharing official status with one or more indigenous languages (such as Guaraní, Quechua, Aymara, or Mayan), or English (in Puerto Rico).[3] Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion.[4]

Hispanic America differs from Ibero-America in that the latter comprises Hispanic America and Brazil (formerly "Portuguese America"), and for some uses includes the Iberian Peninsula nations of Portugal, Spain and Andorra. Hispanic America also contrasts with Latin America, which includes Hispanic America, Brazil, and also the former French colonies in the Western Hemisphere except (at least) areas that are now in either the United States or Canada.[5]


The Spanish conquest of the Americas began in 1492, and ultimately was part of a larger historical process of world discovery, through which various European powers incorporated a considerable amount of territory and peoples in the Americas, Asia, and Africa between the 15th and 20th centuries. Hispanic America became the main part of the vast Spanish Empire.

Napoleon's takeover of Spain in 1808 and the consequent chaos initiated the dismemberment of the Spanish Empire, as the Hispanic American territories began their struggle for emancipation. By 1830, the only remaining Spanish American and Asian territories were Philippine archipelago and the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico, until the 1898 Spanish–American War.


Country Population Area[a] GDP (nominal)[b] GDP (nominal) per capita[6][7]
23x15px Argentina 41,214,000 2,780,400 $475.00 $11,766
23x15px Bolivia 10,227,299 1,098,581 $27.43 $2,700
23x15px Chile[8] 17,094,275 756,950 $268.20 $15,775
23x15px Colombia 45,273,936 1,141,748 $366.00 $8,097
23x15px Costa Rica 4,579,000 51,000 $45.13 $10,432
23x15px Cuba 11,451,652 110,861 $72.30 $6,051
23x15px Dominican Republic 10,090,000 48,730 $59.00 $5,834
23x15px Ecuador 14,067,000 256,370 $80.93 $5,968
23x15px El Salvador 7,185,000 21,040 $23.82 $3,875
23x15px Guatemala 14,655,189 108,890 $49.88 $3,512
Template:Country data Honduras Honduras 7,793,000 112,492 $18.39 $2,323
23x15px Mexico 113,724,226 1,972,550 $1,177.00 $10,629
23x15px Nicaragua 5,743,000 129,494 $10.51 $1,839
23x15px Panama 3,450,349 75,571 $36.25 $10,838
23x15px Paraguay 6,996,245 406,752 $26.00 $4,169
23x15px Peru 29,885,340 1,285,220 $199.00 $6,674
23x15px Puerto Rico (U.S.) 3,994,259 9,104 $93.52 $27,678
23x15px Uruguay 3,415,920 176,215 $49.40 $16,609
23x15px Venezuela 28,549,745 916,445 $382.40 $12,472
Total 376,607,614 11,466,903 $3,460.16 $9,188

Largest cities

City Country Population Metro
Mexico City 23x15px Mexico 8,851,080 20,137,152
Buenos Aires 23x15px Argentina 3,050,728 13,400,000
Lima 23x15px Peru 7,605,742 9,367,587
Bogotá 23x15px Colombia 7,434,453 8,600,000
Santiago 23x15px Chile 5,428,590 7,200,000
Guadalajara 23x15px Mexico 1,564,514 4,328,584
Caracas 23x15px Venezuela 3 273 863 5 289 364
Monterrey 23x15px Mexico 1,133,814 4,080,329
Medellín 23x15px Colombia 2,636,101 3,729,970
Guayaquil 23x15px Ecuador 2,432,233 3,328,534
Santo Domingo 23x15px Dominican Republic 1,111,838 3,310,171[9]
La Habana 23x15px Cuba 2,350,000 3,073,000
Guatemala City 23x15px Guatemala 2,149,107 4,703,865
Maracaibo 23x15px Venezuela 2,201,727 2,928,043
Cali 23x15px Colombia 2,068,386 2,530,796
San Juan 23x15px Puerto Rico 434,374 2,509,007
Puebla 23x15px Mexico 1,399,519 2,109,049
Asunción 23x15px Paraguay 680,250 2,089,651
Montevideo 23x15px Uruguay 1,325,968 1,868,335
Quito 23x15px Ecuador 1,397,698 1,842,201
Managua 23x15px Nicaragua 1,380,300 1,825,000
Barranquilla 23x15px Colombia 1,148,506 1,798,143
Santa Cruz 23x15px Bolivia 1,594,926 1,774,998
Valencia 23x15px Venezuela 894,204 1,770,000
Tegucigalpa Template:Country data Honduras 1,230,000 1,600,000
La Paz 23x15px Bolivia 872,480 1,590,000
San Salvador 23x15px El Salvador 540,090 2,223,092
Tijuana 23x15px Mexico 1,286,187 1,553,000
Toluca 23x15px Mexico 467,712 1,531,000
Mérida 23x15px Mexico 781,146 1,035,238
Barquisimeto 23x15px Venezuela 1,116,000 1,500,000
León 23x15px Mexico 1,278,087 1,488,000
Córdoba 23x15px Argentina 1,309,536 1,452,000
Juárez 23x15px Mexico 1,301,452 1,343,000
Tegucigalpa Template:Country data Honduras 1,250,000 1,300,000
Maracay 23x15px Venezuela 1,007,000 1,300,000
San José 23x15px Costa Rica 386,799 1,284,000
Rosario 23x15px Argentina 908,163 1,203,000
Panama City 23x15px Panama 464,761 1,200,000
Torreón 23x15px Mexico 548,723 1,144,000
Bucaramanga 23x15px Colombia 516,512 1,055,331


File:Flag of the Hispanicity.svg
Flag of Hispanic Heritage. Motto: Justicia, Paz, Unión y Fraternidad ("Justice, Peace, Union and Fraternity").[10]

While relatively unknown, there is a flag representing the countries of Hispanic America, its people, history and shared cultural legacy.

It was created in October 1933 by Ángel Camblor, captain of the Uruguayan army. It was adopted by all the states of Spanish America during the Pan-American Conference of the same year in Montevideo, Uruguay.[10]

The white background stands for peace, the Inti sun god of Inca mythology symbolizes the light shining on the Americas, and the three crosses represent Christopher Columbus' caravels, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María, used in his first voyage from Spain to the New World in 1492. The deep lilac color of the crosses evokes the color of the lion on the coat of arms of the medieval Crown of Castile.[11]


See also


  1. ^ Values listed in km².
  2. ^ Values listed in billions USD.


  1. ^ All of the following dictionaries only list "Spanish America" as the name for this cultural region. None list "Hispanic America." All list the demonym for the people of the region discussed in this article as the sole definition, or one of the definitions, for "Spanish American". Some list "Hispanic," "Hispanic American" and "Hispano-American" as synonyms for "Spanish American." (All also include as a secondary definition for these last three terms, persons residing in the United States of Hispanic ancestry.) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (3rd ed.) (1992). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-44895-6. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) (2003). Springfield: Merriam-Webster. ISBN 0-87779-807-9. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (2nd ed.) (1987). New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-50050-4. Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles (2007). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-920687-2. Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002). Cleveland: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-471-79932-0
  2. ^ "Hispanic America" is used in some older works such as Charles Edward Chapman's 1933 Colonial Hispanic America: A History and 1937 Republican Hispanic America: A History (both New York: The Macmillan Co.); or translated titles that faithfully reproduce Hispanoamérica, such as Edmund Stephen Urbanski (1978), Hispanic America and its Civilization: Spanish Americans and Anglo-Americans, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
  3. ^ "CIA – The World Factbook – Field Listing – Languages". Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ "CIA – The World Factbook – Field Listing – Religions". Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Latin America" The Free Online Dictionary (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 2000, 4th ed. Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003.)
  6. ^ Data mostly refers to IMF staff estimates for the year 2013, made in April 2014. World Economic Outlook Database-April 2014, International Monetary Fund. Accessed on 9 April 2014.
  7. ^ Data refers mostly to the year 2012. World Development Indicators database, World Bank. Database updated on 18 December 2013. Accessed on 18 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Demografia de Chile" (PDF). [dead link]
  9. ^ "República Dominicana; Población estimada y proyectada por año y sexo, según región, provincia y municipio. 2000-2010" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). Retrieved 2010-04-13.  Context page: [1] ("Poblacion estimada y proyectada región provincia y municipio 2000-2010.xls")
  10. ^ a b Raeside, Rob (ed.) (1999-10-11). "Flag of the Race". Flags of the World. Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  11. ^ Image of the standard of the Crown of Castile