I just wanted to see how many different kinds of people we got going on this site :D

Just give a holler and let everyone know what area you represent!


I'm from Brampton, but for the sake of simplicity I'll say Toronto! WOO!

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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.


The Oxford dictionary:  Hispanic
Of or relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Latin America.
1.1Of or relating to Spanish-speaking people or their culture, especially in the US.   There are a few actual Spanish Restaurants in Tampa, though the Latino restaurants are too many to count!  I call people and things from Spain, Spanish.  I'm very careful about using Hispanic and Latino.  I ask exactly where a person is from, and say, por exemplo, Cubana,  Boriqua,  o Mexicana.  Yo soy una Gringa de Boston!

@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.  

LOL...There are about 500.000 between Irish and Irish descendant in Argentina; they immigrated to the south of BAires and to Patagonia starting in 1806...and in mass waves in 1840s...during the Irish famine. In fact, many Irish who emigrated to USA -upon reading (mails from relatives)t hat in Argentina the Irish were welcome...AND THE LAND WAS FOR GRABS- left USA and settled in my country. They stop arriving in about 1940s.

Check with the Westmeth-Argentinian Assoc....and read the newspapers of those times...the findings will amaze you.

Silvia, an interesting story of which I was not aware. One of my ancestors immigrated to Oklahoma during the Irish famine in the 1840s. It was a political famine in which the workers of the soil in Ireland could not eat the grains they grew for the English landowners. The potato blight destroyed their food supply and they couldn't even eat the fish from streams or the ocean. About a third died of starvation, about a third immigrated, and about a third remained in Ireland. My ancestors hated government, authority, the English. After settling in Oklahoma and building a good life, they were caught up in the Civil War of the 1860s and lost everything they had. A pretty good way to create a hatred that comes to us today. 

How interesting that Argentina welcomed the Irish. The Irish are hard workers and not afraid of a fight. I wonder if there have been any studies comparing the U.S. Irish immigrants over time to the Argentina settlers. 


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