||The history of Hispanic Americans is inextricably linked to the colonization and territorial expansion of contemporary America. In the 19th century, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and much of California—all geographic regions with significant Spanish and Hispanic populations—were annexed as part of what was to become the United States. Immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic have also contributed to the Hispanic American community and have thereby complicated as well as enriched any single definition of that ethnic group. Written in an engaging and informative manner, The Hispanic Americans focuses on the social history, customs, and traditions of Hispanic Americans in this country. Ideal for history buffs, this brand-new volume boasts black-and-white photographs, an index, glossary, and box features.