Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Happy 5 de Mayo!

Ready to celebrate? Say, what is behind this US holiday, beyond a windfall for bars and restaurants with a liquor license? (every year except this one, sorry) Since 1863, Californios (people of Spanish descent who resided in California since 1683) have made today a fiesta with traditional music and dancing. We can thank the Chicano […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Who Is California’s Namesake?

In 1534, when Hernán Cortés’ men first saw what would later be named Baja California, they thought they’d found an island. They, or later Cortés himself in 1535, imagined it could be the fabled land of Black Queen Calafia and her Amazon warriors. These were well-known characters from the popular romance novel, The Adventures of […]

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