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Latinos in Iowa: 2023

Sep 15, 2023

During this month, Iowa and the United States celebrate the cultures and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Mexico, and South America. What started in 1968, when Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week, expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration of people living in the U.S. with heritage from Spanish-speaking nations in Latin America and Spain. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence from Spanish colonization in five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th.

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