The Hispanic World WebQuest: Introduction


Hispanic countries are those whose major language is Spanish and that have a cultural heritage influenced by Spain.  While Spain itself is the original Hispanic country, the former Spanish colonies in the Americas known collectively as “Latin America” make up the bulk of the Hispanic population and territory. 

Though they have a common language and cultural influence, the cultures of the different Hispanic countries and people are diverse.  Hispanic people may be of any color and of many different ethnicities.  Most Hispanics are of European and/or Native American ancestry, but there are also many Hispanics of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern ancestry.    Many Hispanics are Catholic after the tradition of Spain, but there are also many who observe other types of Christianity as well.  There are Hispanic Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists also. 

Culinary Tastes vary widely as well.  Most Hispanic people don’t eat Tacos.  While Mexico is famous for beans and hot chilies, the people of Argentina hardly eat beans at all.  They eat a lot of pasta and they’re not big on hot spices.  The tortilla of Spain is not wrapped around a taco.  Spanish tortillas are a couple of inches thick, usually made from eggs and potatoes, and are served sliced like a cake.  One common element of the Hispanic diet is rice.  It is very popular all over the Hispanic world.

The Hispanic countries are melting pots of many cultures united by the Castillian Spanish tongue and a colonial history.  The study of Hispanic cultures reveals many differences between the various countries and between the distinct regions within these countries.  This project aims to shed some light on that cultural diversity and to expose students to some of the different flavors of the larger Hispanic culture.  It also aims to explore the relationship these countries have with the United States.