About Hispanics

Hispanic or Latino Americans are Americans with origins in the countries of Latin America and the Iberian peninsula consisting of Spain and Portugal and in general all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino. Reflecting especially the Latin American population, which has origins in all the continents and many ancestries, Hispanic/Latino Americans are very racially diverse, and as a result form an ethnic category, rather than a race. While the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, 'Hispanic' is a narrower term which only refers to persons of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry, while 'Latino' is more frequently used to refer more generally to anyone of Latin American origin or ancestry, including Brazilians.

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