Indigenous Peoples, Spanish Culture and Language

Paraguay’s 2 Official Languages

Paraguay is one of three countries in the Americas that name one or more indigenous languages as official, alongside Spanish. Interestingly, it is also the country where the most non-indigenous people are bilingual in an indigenous language, in this case Guaraní. Over 5 million people in Paraguay speak it. The 2012 census determined that 64% […]

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Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language

Up Up and Away Above Guanajuato

I found uplifting news this weekend about an annual festival in the City of León, the State of Guanajuato, México. According to the Balloon Federation of America, the Festival Internacional del Globo de León (FIG) is one of the top three events of its kind in the world. It is the largest hot air balloon […]

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history, Spanish Culture and Language, writing

First Paper Mill in Europe

The Spanish and Italians vie for the title of first producer of plant-based paper in European history. Spain claims the year 1056, Sicily 1102. If 1056 is dismissed due to “limited evidence,” then Valencia is second, with its mill in 1150. I believe the Spanish claims, it is logical that the Muslim Caliphates brought paper […]

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