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Old 08-16-2013, 12:46 AM
Location: Hell, Arizona
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I wouldn't say Arizona is all that Spanish. Or California. I think people are naming them off because "Hey, they are by Mexico. Close enough, right?"

I mean, Arizona was a Spanish territory for a while, but believe me when I say there is no Spanish culture here. It's Mexican culture.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:05 AM
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Tx, ca, fl
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:54 AM
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Natchitoches and New Orleans in Louisiana.

Mobile, Alabama.

Natchez, Mississippi

Beaumont, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Miami, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Charleston, South Carolina

St Louis, Missouri

Los Angeles, California

Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, California, New Mexico, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:05 AM
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Mission San Xavier right outside of Tucson, AZ


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Old 11-27-2013, 09:02 PM
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I would say Louisiana, then Florida. But there is no truly huge Spanish community, like there are Italian, Irish, or Polish communities in many cities.

New Mexico's "Spanish" identity is complex and contentious, but to be blunt, there is very little in terms of direct Spanish influence; most came overland by way of Mexico, and along with a strong element of Mexican mestizos/natives and Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and "Genizaro" (captive Indians). The foods are mostly native American, the architecture is heavily Pueblo, the religion is very syncretic, and aside from a few elite families, few are mostly "Spanish." The "Spanish" identity is partly a reaction to attempts to deny New Mexicans citizenship and statehood, and to impose segregation on "Mexicans."

In New Orleans, by contrast, the architecture of the "French" Quarter is very Spanish, the Creole food has strong direct Spanish influences in its ingredients, and so on. However, the actual Spanish community is rather small.

Another candidate is the Great Basin region, which has many Basques...however, most Basques have strong feelings about being labelled "Spanish."
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:11 PM
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There are lots of Spanish (as in Spain/Spaniard) communities in the USA.
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Old 08-16-2014, 09:23 PM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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New Mexico's Spanish culture refelcts the culture of the settlers which is to say 17th century rural Spanish culture.

As NewTexico stated much of New Mexico's Spanish culture arrived overland from Mexico, but it is important to understand that at that time, Mexico's national culture had not yet developed into the mestizo cultural paradigm the defines Mexican culture today, and was indeed a Spanish colonial culture.

Another important point is that while the 'Spanish' people of northern New Mexico may not be 'pure-blooded', most of the syncretism he describes exists in the Genizaro and other acculturated Native villages. A Catholic mass in a Hispanic church is not going to have an eagle dance or matachines, for example.

A lot of people dismiss the idea of European Spanish culture because an estimated 2/3 of New Mexico's Hispanics are from that 'creole' (if you will) of Spanish settlers and indigenous natives. Of course that leaves a not insignificant population of people whose culture is largely derived from Spanish colonials and has become more Anglified than it was ever Native American. I would say the biggest cultural influence on the Spanish population by way of Natives is the food.

That said, there are a few things in New Mexico that indisputably reflect Spanish colonial culture.

The churches which are firmly in the Medieval Romanesque style with some later more Spanish characteristics
The former can be seen here in the San Francisco de Assisi church in Taos
The latter here at the Church of San Felipe de Neri in Albuquerque

Religion (just contrast a mass in north central NM with one on the front range of the Sangre de Cristos/Sandias/Manzanos)

Folk arts and crafts from furniture and other woodworking styles to Santos to other forms of applied and decorative arts

Language and folk music

While it would be ridiculous to claim (and some do) that New Mexico's Spanish culture has existed in a vacuum for the last three to four hundred years (and some do), in many ways New Mexico differs greatly from the rest of Latin America in it's 'Spanish' culture along with pockets of southern Colorado, northern Mexico, and southern Texas.

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Old 08-17-2014, 07:00 AM
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Miami and Tampa. no other cities come close
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:40 PM
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Don't know if it has already been mentioned or not, but Boise, ID apparently has a pretty large and well-established Basque population. Basque Country also includes parts of extreme Southern France, but is mainly part of Spain.

As for straight-up Spanish (ie. Spain and not Latin America) influence, I would have to guess some of the older cities in Florida. Not just Miami, but Tampa, and of course St. Augustine (Jacksonville area)... as well as New Orleans and San Antonio.
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