I was born and raised in Brockton,Ma, after college I moved to Maryland and lived there 6 years, then moved to Northern Va where I have remained to this day....I also spend 2 months every winter in Tampa, Fl, as a snowbird, since I am now retired...
Ybor City used to be the place to go for Hispanic food. Is it still?
I called St. Pete a hometown 1947-1963.
I didn't know St. Pete had restaurants from Spain. Latino restaurants yes, a lot....like NYC...but few Hispanics ones.
Whoops, Sylvia, I didn't make clear that Ybor City was in south or southeast Tampa. As I recall cigar making was a major industry. Also, before Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista regime in Cuba in 1958, Ybor City's "Tampa Mafia" under Santo Trafficante ran the hotels and casinos in Havana.
My mom had relatives in north Tampa we visited and a cousin two years older than I went to a college in Tampa before he went to San Francisco. We all came to Florida from Cincinnati and I sometimes drove through Tampa on my way to or from the university in Gainesville.
One year during the high tides that came with hurricanes, Bayshore Boulevard was a few inches under water and the Tampa Tribune had photos of a Volkswagen towing a water skier. Both were on the boulevard.
After college I worked in Daytona Beach for several years and while there married a woman I'd met during one year at Florida State in Tallahassee. A month later, the company I worked for perhaps decided that a married man would be more reliable than a single man and offered me a position in Houston. We left Florida.
Despite an occasional earthquake, like the one two weeks ago that emptied most of my bookshelves onto the floor, I like California better.
More than hurricanes, earthquakes persuade me that we happen to live on a planet that no one made for us. I have not yet tried a tornado.
Very interesting everything you said. As a Prof. of Spanish I know quite well the history of the region because language, literature and history go together.
What I was referring to is the use of the adjective "Hispanic" to describe restaurants / people of Latin American origin...since "Hispanic" is a nationality and derives from the original name of Spain (Hispania / Roman Empire).
I was born in Argentina so Spanish is my first language...but, please, never address me as Hispanic because not only I wasn't born in Spain but my origin is French.
@Dogly....You are being politically correct.....You can not go wrong by getting specific like that....
Dogly...Come and call me Hispanic face to face...You won't like my answer. LOL
See, the fact I was born in a Spanish speaking country doesn't mean my first heritage / culture was Spanish. My parents were French so that's my heritage / culture.
As I said, Hispania was the original name of Spain (España in Spanish) and is a nationality. No person born in a Spanish speaking country in Latin America enjoys being "bagged together" under the adjective Hispanic. See, the language is just about the only thing we have in common.
Who is to say the def. in the Oxford dictionary isn't one made to accomodate certain interests?
Silvia.....So you are saying that a spanish speaking person from Argentina is not necessarily Hispanic?.....I realize you are French but wonder if you may be an exception....I always thought the majority of people in South America were descendants of the Spanish since they colonized most of South America......I do realize there were natives that lived there,but assumed most intermarried and assimilated over the centuries....If I am wrong about that then South America is more like the USA in having a diverse population consisting of many ethnic origins.....If that is true then that is indeed a new way of looking at the area.........
A Spanish speaking person born in Argentina is an Argentinean..and a Spanish speaking person born in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia...is a Bolivian, a Peruvian, a Colombian....and so on....His / her heritage/ ethnicity / culture can be from Japan, Russia, Spain, France, Italy....Take your pick.
The natives were not many, the immigrants didn't inter-married with them and they were "kind" of decimated by the Conquistadores.
No, I am not French...my parents were...and I am not an exception because Argentina had one of the largest immigration wave in modern history.
To be a descendant of the Spaniards doesn't make a person Hispanic. Nationality shouldn't be confused with ethnicity, heritage, culture.
BTW, the Spaniards were allover (Mexico and Central America as well)
The fact you ask this question tells me -once again- the lack of information provided by USA on this subject....and I say "once again" because as a NYC teacher I have heard the same question / comment countless times.
Dogly...Yo have to understand that in Latin America there are millions of people who speak Spanish because they were born there but they origin is not from Spain...or even from the country they were born. Roberto Fujimori (Peru), Carlos Menem, Camila O'Gorman and my classmates Carlos Mc Allister and Sigeroly Iga Argentina) come to mind.
Yes, I know. You have no argument with me. I'm Irish (we are an exception and will call ourselves Irish no matter where we were born, and whether or not our feet ever touched 'the old sod') and many Irish fought for Independence from European colonialism in South America.