Within the context of Latin America, it can either refer to the descendants of the millions of Spaniards who emigrated to the Americas during the colonial period or to the millions more who settled after the independence of Latin American republics.
Spaniards are a nation and ethnic group indigenous to Spain that share a common Spanish culture and speak one of the national languages of Spain, including most numerously Spanish, as a primary language.
Latin America is the group of countries and dependencies in the Americas where Romance languages are predominant.
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The term can also extend to mean those who share a language and culture rooted in Spain.
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the North African coast.
Within a specifically US context, the meaning of Spanish Americans is different, where it is distinguished from Hispanics or Latin Americans, even though it also refers to Americans whose ancestry originates wholly or partly from Spain.
The term Hispanic broadly refers to the people, nations, and cultures that have a historical link to Spain.
The term "Spanish-American" is used only to refer to Americans whose ancestry originates directly from Spain, and therefore excludes ethnically Spanish Americans who immigrated to the U.S. from Latin American republics.
An exception to this rule are Tejanos, Nuevomexicanos and Californios, descendants of Mexican citizens inhabiting Mexican territory later acquired by the United States, who are typically considered to be Spanish Americans.
Californio is a Spanish term for a descendant of a person of Castillian or other Spanish ancestry who was born in what is now the U.S. state of California when the region was under Spanish and later Mexican control.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
The Tejano [teˈxano] are residents of the state of Texas who are culturally descended from the original Spanish-speaking settlers of Texas and northern Mexico.
Spanish Americans are the longest-established European-American group with a continuous presence in Florida since 1565 and are the eighth-largest Hispanic group in the United States of America.
Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.
About 50.5 million Americans are of Latin American descent and therefore a majority of which have Spanish ancestry due to five centuries of Spanish colonial settlement and large-scale immigration to both pre and post-colonial Latin America.