Spanish Speaking Countries
Los Países Hispanohablantes Where can I use this language? Europa 1. España España Capital: Madrid español • Where Spanish language originated. • Thanks to Columbus, was THE world power of the 16th & 17th centuries. • Antonio Banderas Sudamérica América de Sur 8. Venezuela 1. Colombia 2. Ecuador 3. Perú 4. Bolivia 5. Chile 6. Paraguay 7. Argentina 9. Uruguay Colombia Capital: Bogotá colombiano(a) • Named after Christopher Columbus. • Home of Shakira & Juanes. Ecuador Capital: Quito ecuatoriano(a) • Name means Equator, which passes through the country • Country of the Galapagos Islands. Perú Capital: Lima peruano(a) • Capital of the Inca Empire. Home of the ruins at Machu Picchu. • Setting for the Indiana Jones movie. Bolivia Capital: La Paz Sucre* boliviano(a) • Named after S. American hero Simon Bolivar. • Home of Lake Titicaca and Lake Poopo. * Sucre is constitutional and judicial capital. Chile Capital: Santiago chileno(a) • Easter Island off coast. • Country of Nobel Prize poet Pablo Neruda. Paraguay Capital: Asunción paraguayo(a) • Rich Guarani Indian culture. • 94% of the population speaks Guarani. Only 75% speak Spanish. Argentina Capital: Buenos Aires argentino(a) • Origin of the Tango. • Famous Argentines: Evita & Che Guevara Venezuela Capital: Caracas venezolano(a) • Home of great S. American liberator Simon Bolivar. • Many famous baseball players: Ozzie Guillen, Andres Galaraga, and H.O.F. Luis Aparicio Uruguay Capital: Montevideo uruguayo(a) • Very modern and developed country. • Esteban Batista: First Uruguayan NBA player. América Central El Caribe 17. Cuba 11. Guatemala 18. República Dominicana 19. Puerto Rico 12. El Salvador 13. Honduras 14. Nicaragua 15. Costa Rica 16. Panamá Guatemala Capital: Ciudad de Guatemala guatemalteco(a) • Tikal: ancient Mayan ruins. • Rigoberta Menchu: Nobel Peace Prize 1992 El Salvador Capital: San Salvador salvadoreño(a) • Martyred civil-rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero. • Name means “The Savior” Honduras Capital: Tegucigalpa hondureño(a) • Famous Honduran Americans: - Carlos Mencia (born in Honduras). - David Archuleta (Honduran mom). - America Ferrera (Honduran parents). Nicaragua Capital: Managua nicaragüense • Famous author/poet Reuben Dario • Iran/Contra scandal in U.S. linked to funding Nicaragua’s Sandanistas mid 1980’s Costa Rica Capital: San José costarricense • President Oscar Arias Sanchez won Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 • Beautiful rainforests and Eco-tourism. Panamá Capital: Ciudad de Panamá panameño(a) • Panama Canal links Atlantic and Pacific • U.S. invaded in 1989 to capture Manuel Noriega • Baseball H.O.F. Rod Carew Cuba Capital: La Habana cubano(a) • World famous for their cigars. • Communist dictator Fidel Castro has been in power since 1959. Currently his brother Raul is the “official” head of state. Fidel Raul República Dominicana Capital: Santo Domingo domincano(a) • Baseball is most popular sport. Many MLB stars came from the Dominican Republic including: David (Big Papi) Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols. • Island shares a border with French speaking Haiti. Puerto Rico Capital: San Juan puertorriqueño(a) • Commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Ricans are granted U.S. citizenship. • One of the last Spanish colonies in the Americas. (1898) • Home of Ricky Martin (Livin’ La Vida Loca) América del Norte The United States ?? According to the 2000 census, there are 28,100,000 (that’s 28 million!!!) Spanish speakers in the United States. 20. Mexico Recent data shows the U.S. as the 5th largest Spanish speaking country in the world. México Capital: México D. F./ Ciudad de México mexicano(a) • Mexican cuisine mixture of European and indigenous ingredients.. • Capital of the Aztec Empire. • Traditional music: Mariachi Africa 21. La República de Guinea Ecuatorial La República de Guinea Ecuatorial Capital : Malabo ecuatoguineano(a) • It is Africa's only Spanish speaking country and gained independence from Spain on October 12th 1968. Los Estados Unidos Capital: Washington D.C. estadounidense Effects of Spanish on U.S.: • Spanish speakers: Largest growing people group in US.